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Twitter wins key court case in Turkey

March 28, 2014 - Ankara, Turkey

  • Twitter said that it had won a case for freedom of expression after a Turkish court has reversed an order forcing the company to take down a Twitter account that accused a former government minister of corruption.
  • The Turkish government recently has banned Twitter in the country after it objected to tweets by three accounts. Twitter agreed to take down two of the accounts, but objected on the third in court.
  • Twitter said that it would reinstate the account.
  • Despite the court victory, this has no effect on the ban on Twitter in Turkey.
  • Twitter's General Counsel Vijaya Gadde vowed to continue to fight against the ban.
  • Turkey has also banned YouTube in the country. This is the not the first time the video sharing site was banned in the country. In 2007, Turkey banned YouTube, but lifted it after three years.
  • Turkish Government said that it was forced to impose ban on YouTube after audio recording of a top level security meeting was shared on YouTube.
  • Nobel laureate from Turkey Orhan Pamuk, Authors Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Karl Knausgaard, Graas, Elfiede Jelinek are just few of the prominent people who have urged Turkey to end ban on Twitter.

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