Turkish Constitutional Court Orders Lifting Of Twitter Ban

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Turkey's block on access to Twitter violated freedom of expression and individual rights, the Turkish constitutional court said on Wednesday. 

This is the most significant legal challenge yet to a ban which caused public uproar and international condemnation, comments Reuters.

Turkey's telecoms authority TIB blocked access to Twitter on March 21 after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said he would "root out" the network, following a stream of anonymously posted audio tapes purporting to expose corruption in his inner circle days ahead of nationwide elections.

The constitutional court said it had sent its verdict to the TIB and the Transport Ministry, which also has responsibility for communications. It was not immediately clear whether the ruling would lead to a lifting of the block. 

Meanwhile, the government blocked access to the video portal YouTube, after a  recording allegedly including Turkey's intelligence chief discussing possible military operations in Syria with the foreign minister and the deputy head of the armed forces, was leaked in the portal.

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