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Appeal to end Turkey Twitter ban upheld

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A court in Turkey has upheld an appeal to end a blockage of Twitter.

Turkey’s telecoms authority barred the social media website on Friday.

But it was not immediately clear if, or when, the bar would be removed.

The move came as prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan battles a corruption scandal.

Recordings claiming to reveal shady dealings in his inner circle appeared online in recent weeks.

Erdogan on Tuesday accused Twitter of “threatening national security.”

The ban seemed to backfire fast. Even Turkish President Abdullah Gul challenged it.

People found ways around the block: downloads of VPN (virtual private network) software soared and the use of TOR software surged.

TOR makes web surfers invisible and was widely used in the Middle East during the Arab Spring.

Erdogan still defended the ban during rallies in the run up to Sunday’s local elections.

The vote is seen by many as a test of whether he’s been damaged by the corruption allegations, which he denies.