Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Mar 26, 2014, 04:05 PM IST
An Ankara administrative court on Wednesday lifted the controversial ban on micro blogging site Twitter after the United Nations called for authorities to bring the related laws into compliance with international human rights standards.
Turkey’s telecommunications authority had imposed a controversial ban on Twitter six days ago after its PM’s vow to “wipe out” Twitter ahead of polls.
A number of complaints were filed challenging the controversial ban last week. The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB), the Ankara Bar Associations, and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy Parliamentary Group Chair Oktay Vural were among those who applied to the administrative court to challenge the ban, Turkey’s Hurriyet daily reports.
The Constitutional Court is expected to review individual applications pertaining to the ban on Wednesday.
The RT reports: “I'm told since this is a stay of execution, it can only be lifted by the court that stayed it. Probably. So govt may need new court order,” Zeynep Tufekci, an assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina and a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, wrote via Twitter.
“In any case, I hope that the Internet governing agency, TIB, immediately removes the block on Twitter as now ordered by Ankara court,” she added.
On Friday, Turkey blocked Twitter hours after Erdogan threatened to close it down as the country braces for contentious local elections on Sunday.