April 3, 2014 | By Jillian York

The (Futile) Ban On Twitter Has Been Lifted

After a two-week ban on the website imposed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey's Constitutional Court has ruled that the block breached freedom of expression. Access to Twitter was subsequently restored within the country.

The ban on Twitter drew widespread criticism both within and outside of Turkey. President Abdullah Gul, who hails from the same party as Erdoğan, spoke out against it. The White House issued a statement opposing the restriction, and Twitter itself condemned the choice, posting alternative options for tweeting to their @policy account.

While we are happy to see that the court ruling has been respected and the blocking reversed, the ban on YouTube—as well as hundreds of other sites—remains in effect. We stand with our allies in Turkey in calling for a free and open Internet in Turkey and everywhere.


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