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Twitter ban lifted by Turkish regulator following second court ruling

updated 12:44 pm EDT, Thu April 3, 2014

Turkish Constitutional Court rules Twitter ban an attack on free speech

Turkey's telecommunications authority (TIB) has finally lifted its ban of Twitter. The block, which started on March 20st after Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" the micro-blogging service, has reportedly stopped with some users able to receive and make new posts after the country's courts intervened for a second time.

Courts initially ruled for the removal of the block less than a week after the ban started, though TIB effectively rejected the ruling and continued with the ban. After the government blocked Google's DNS service to prevent citizens from accessing Twitter via a work around, with reports later claiming ISPs were hijacking the DNS service in the country to continue restricting access, the ban then escalated to include YouTube.

In a second ruling, the Constitutional Court stated that an overall ban on communication platforms worked against basic laws for the freedom of speech, reports Webrazzi. After its publication in Turkey's Official Gazette, the TIB has reversed the block, with an official from Erdogan's office telling Reuters "The ban has been lifted."

The ban was instigated after messages on the service claimed governmental corruption was taking place, with audio recordings allegedly placating Erdogan as using his influence to alter business deals, court cases, and the media. The recordings were hosted on YouTube, among other locations, with the ban on both Twitter and YouTube taking place before the country's elections on March 30th.

YouTube continues to be banned in the country.




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