A Twitter ban that started in Turkey last week has ended. A Turkish court has issued a stay on the decision to block citizens from accessing Twitter as it reviews a long series of complaints against the initial ruling.
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The internet wins: Turkey’s Twitter ban overturned

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A Twitter ban that started in Turkey last week has ended, if only temporarily. A Turkish court has issued a stay on the decision to block citizens from accessing Twitter as it reviews a long series of complaints against the initial ruling.

The new order does not guarantee that Twitter won’t see its services banned again in the country, only that the social media stalwart will remain free and open until the courts reach a conclusion on the matter. The decision, while symbolically important, won’t change much, as Turkish Twitter users had already discovered new ways to access the service during the ban, including the use of SMS.

Last week Prime Minister Erdogan called for the end of Twitter after the social network was used to disseminate information and documents related to controversial claims circulating ahead of Turkey’s elections. In statements, Erdogan promised to “wipe out” Twitter, though the move seemed more targeted at quieting the voice of opposition figures. The ban followed similar threats issued against Facebook and YouTube, though government representatives claimed last week that those services would not be the target of ban.

[via HurriyetDailyNews]

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