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Turkey 'restoring Twitter access'

Turkey's government says it is restoring access to Twitter, a day after a high court ruling against the ban.

The Constitutional Court had ordered the ban on Twitter to be lifted on Wednesday, ruling that the blockage was a violation of the right to free expression.

Turkey's Transportation and Communications Ministry said today it was in the process of restoring access to the website.

Access to YouTube however, remains blocked.

Turkey blocked access to Twitter last month after users posted links suggesting government corruption.

The government then blocked access to YouTube following the leak of an audio recording of a secret government security meeting. The social media bans sparked international criticism of Turkey - a country that is a candidate to join the European Union.

On Wednesday, the US Embassy in Turkey welcomed the high court's decision to lift the ban. The EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule said on Twitter that he looked forward to the "swift enforcement" of the court order.

Many tech-savvy users, including President Abdullah Gul, found ways to circumvent the ban on both Twitter and YouTube.


From Belfast Telegraph