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03 Apr 2014 16:32 GMT | Europe, Turkey
Turkey's telecoms authority has lifted a two-week-old ban on Twitter after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said.
"The ban has been lifted" the official told the Reuters news agency by telephone on Thursday minutes after TIB, the telecommunication regulator, removed court orders blocking the site from its webpage.
Access to Twitter was blocked on March 21 in the run-up to local elections last Sunday to stem a stream of leaked wiretapped recordings of senior officials that had appeared on the site, prompting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to say he would "root out" the network.
Turkey's Official Gazette on Thursday morning published the Constitutional Court's ruling from Wednesday, further piling pressure on the telecoms authorities to lift the ban, which had faced widespread international condemnation.
YouTube still blocked
Google's video-sharing website YouTube remains offline in Turkey, the TIB having blocked it one week after blocking Twitter. Legal challenges against the YouTube ban are pending.
Following the court's decision, President Abdullah Gul, who has opposed the bans, was quoted as saying both websites should be made available in Turkey once more.
San Francisco-based Twitter said in a tweet that it welcomed the ruling.
Within minutes of the ban being lifted, the micro-blogging site was flooded with messages, with one user saying "Welcome back to Twitter, Turkey."
Other users inside the country complained that they were still unable to access the site.
Although ruling by Turkey's highest court is binding, it is unclear whether the government will overturn the ban.
Leader said he was 'obliged' to take measures to protect national security, rejecting criticism from home and abroad.
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