Turkey's Telcos to Unblock Twitter After a Court Order
The standoff in Turkey comes to a close, for now, as governments increasingly attempt to filter out the Internet at their borders.Less than 24 hours after Turkey's high court ruled that the government's ban on Twitter violated the nation's constitution, the country's telecommunications regulator pledged to discontinue its latest technical attempts to block the social network by hijacking Domain Name System traffic, according to media reports. On April 3, Turkey's telecommunications regulator, the Telecommunications Board, or TIB, stated that Twitter access would resume "right after the necessary technical steps are taken," according to The Wall Street Journal. The ban, instituted March 21 at the behest of the nation's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, came following leaks of alleged conversations between Erdogan, administration officials and corporate backers that included discussions about hiding bank accounts and a potential war with neighboring Syria. A week later, YouTube was also banned after the posting of recordings of similar discussions, according to media reports. Twitter welcomed the news, even as YouTube continued to be blocked. "We are encouraged by the news from Turkey today and welcome our Turkish users back to Twitter," the company tweeted on April 3.
On April 2, Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled that the two-week-old blocking of the Twitter social network violated Article 26 of the nation's constitution, according to Hurriyet Daily News, a regional news site. The ban had originally taken the form of filtering traffic to Twitter, but later was expanded to include the rerouting of Domain Name System (DNS) traffic to foil attempts to circumvent the block by using extra-national DNS servers.