Twitter Challenges Ban on its Service in Turkey

The white field, red sickled flags are Turkish Cypriot flags, and the reversed flags are Turkish flags.Twitter has challenged a ban on its service in Turkey which is imposed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan invoking justification from three separate court orders.

Twitter has challenged those court orders via a Turkish attorney. According to Twitter, the Turkish government has imposed ban on Twitter using three court orders in separate cases. In two of those cases, the content in question has already been removed by Twitter. The third court order is related to an anonymous Twitter user posting alleged evidence in the form of audio files relating to corruption scandal that involves prime minister Erdogan’s family and other high ranking government officials.

Twitter said in a blog post that the third court order is of concern to the company because it strikes at the base of free speech. Vijaya Gadee, Twitter’s General Counsel wrote in the blog post:

“This order causes us concern. Political speech is among the most important speech, especially when it concerns possible government corruption. That’s why today we have also petitioned the Turkish court on behalf of our users to reverse this order.”

The Twitter ban, imposed for over a week now, could possibly affect the results of local elections which are likely to remove officials in capital Ankara and Istanbul.

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