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Twitter ban lifted in Turkey

People in Turkey will be able to access Twitter again in the next few hours.

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A TURKISH COURT has today ordered the lifting of last week’s Twitter ban.

The ban came after Twitter was used to spread audio recordings implicating Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in corruption.

The administrative court in Ankara will inform the telecommunications regulator TIB, which is expected to grant access to Twitter in the coming hours, private NTV television said.


Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing a rally [AP/Press Association Images]

Erdogan launched a blistering attack on social media last week after his government banned Twitter just days before crucial local elections.

At a rally he declared,

I cannot understand how sensible people still defend Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. They run all kinds of lies.

Before being banned social media networks were flooded with recordings allegedly showing Erdogan talking with his son about hiding vast sums of money and interfering in court cases, business deals and media coverage.

The Turkish Prime Minister dismissed the recordings as “vile” fakes concocted by his political rivals.

Read: “They run all kinds of lies”: Turkish PM in new tirade against Twitter & Facebook>

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