Turkey Lifts Twitter Ban

    A person holds a Samsung Galaxy S4 displaying a Twitter error message in front of Turkish national flag in this illustration taken in Zenica, March 21, 2014. Turkey's courts have blocked access to Twitter a little over a week before elections as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan battles a corruption scandal that has seen social media awash with alleged evidence of government wrongdoing. The ban came hours after a defiant Erdogan, on the campaign trail ahead of key March 30 local elections, vowed to "wipe out" Twitter and said he did not care what the international community had to say about it.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3I1KT

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    Turkey's government under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan announced Thursday it will end its Twitter ban after Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday it violated freedom of expression and individual rights. The court also ordered that access to the social-media site should be immediately restored. Erdogan had vowed to “wipe out Twitter” after a series of videos alleging to show his corruption leaked on the site, as well as onto YouTube. There was fear that Erdogan’s administration will flout the ruling, as last week it claimed a 30-day period to prepare a response after a lower court made a similar ruling. YouTube, which was also banned, has challenges pending before courts.

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