Turkey court orders Twitter ban to be lifted
A court in Turkey on Wednesday said that the government must lift its ban on Twitter, according to several reports. The ruling was made from an Ankara administrative court and asked Turkey’s telecommunications authority (TIB) to restore access to Twitter. It is unclear when people in Turkey will be able to access Twitter again. The TIB may appeal the decision, but it is expected to comply in the meantime.
“We abide by the court rulings, that’s what the constitution orders. We may not like them, but we abide by them. If this decision is genuine… then what TIB needs to do after this is obvious,” said Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc in a statement to Reuters.
Turkey blocked Twitter five days ago because the social network ignored orders to remove specific content. Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an pledged to “eradicate” Twitter around that time.
Twitter said that it has challenged the ban and filed petitions for lawsuits with the help of lawyers in Turkey.
“There are no legal grounds for the blocking of our service in Turkey,” stated Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde in a blog post. “We expect the government to restore access to Twitter immediately.”