Turkish Court Lifts Twitter Ban

Turkey blocked access to Twitter last week after the PM vowed to wipe out the social media service.


A Turkish court on Wednesday overruled the decision of the Turkish Telecommunications Ministry last week to ban the social media website Twitter in the country, AFP reported.

Courts in Turkey blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's defiant vow, on the campaign trail on Thursday ahead of March 30 local polls, to "wipe out" the social media service, whatever the international community had to say about it.

Turkish Internet users were quick to come up with their own ways to circumvent the block. The hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey quickly moved among the top hashtags trending globally.

The White House said on Friday it was "deeply concerned" about the ban, calling it contrary to democratic governance.

"We oppose this restriction on the Turkish people's access to information, which undermines their ability to exercise freedoms of expression and association and runs contrary to the principles of open ... governance ... that are critical to democratic governance and the universal rights that the U.S. stands for around the world," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.