Turkish court suspends ban on Twitter

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A court in Turkey has ordered the suspension of a controversial ban on the social media site Twitter.

Turkish users of Twitter are hopeful of regaining access soon and the country’s telecommunication authority (TIB) has 30 days to decide whether to lift the ban.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously vowed to “wipe out Twitter” after users spread allegations of corruption but the social media site itself has filed a challenge to the access ban.

In a statement, Twitter’s general counsel Vijaya Gadde said: ‘”This order causes us concern. Political speech is among the most important speech, especially when it concerns possible government corruption,”

She added: “The millions of people in Turkey who turn to Twitter to make their voices heard are being kept from doing just that. There are no legal grounds for the blocking of our service in Turkey.”

At a rally ahead of important local elections on Sunday, Mr Erdogan was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying: “I don’t understand how people of good sense could defend this Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. There are all kinds of lies there.”

A ban was imposed on Friday on the grounds that Twitter had failed to remove the allegations of corruption involving senior officials.

A number of complaints were filed to courts, arguing the ban was illegal and unconstitutional.

Turkish media reports suggested the ban would be suspended soon afterwards but a source in Mr Erdogan’s office told Reuters news agency the TIB had 30 days to implement or appeal against the court ruling.

Thirty days is a standard period in such cases.

 

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