Turkey’s constitutional court has lifted a ban on Twitter, ruling that it breached freedom of expression
The micro-blogging site was blocked on March 21st in the run up to local elections – the ban running for two weeks.
Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan criticised the court’s ruling saying, “we complied with the verdict because it is a Constitutional Court Ruling. So we have given instructions to our friends and acted accordingly. But I don’t respect it. We just complied with the ruling but this is not law.”
The Turkish government has been rocked by scandals, most pointedly after social media sites posted evidence implicating Erdogan and his cabinet in large-scale corruption.
The audio of a meeting between security chiefs plotting war with Syria was also recently posted on social media.
Erdogan’s decision to restrict access to social media sites led to wave of criticism both inside and outside Turkey.