Court declares Twitter ban in Turkey unconstitutional

April 3rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Twitter ban in Turkey deemed unconstitutional.

After weeks since the Turkish government imposed a ban on Twitter, the country’s constitutional court declares the Twitter ban as a breach in Turkey’s freedom of expression. The court has also directed the TIB–Turkey’s governmental office responsible in Internet regulations–to restore microblogging service, which could take several hours.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether YouTube will also be cleared. The video-sharing site was also blocked on the same ground as the Twitter ban: to prevent the government from being criticized for alleged reports of corruption.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan vowed to “wipe out Twitter” after the social media site refused to remove the accounts that were spreading the claims of corruption in his government. The Twitter ban elicited intense reactions from the people within Turkey, with widespread protests and event spraying graffiti that provides tips on how to get around the blockade and access Twitter.

Source: TechCrunch


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