Two-week ban has been lifted after national court ruled it went against freedom of expression.
Twitter appears to have resumed its services in Turkey after the nation’s telecommunication authority (TIB) lifted a ban on accessing the social messaging site.
The micro-blogging service was blocked on March 21 following Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s vow to "wipe out Twitter" in the wake of claims of political corruption were apparently spread on the site.
However following widespread protests and international outcry, a constitutional court ruling termed that the ‘block’ violated freedom of expression, and a spokesperson for Mr Erdogan confirmed that the ban had been lifted.
Welcoming the Turkish court ruling, Twitter noted: "we hope to have Twitter access restored in Turkey soon". Within minutes of the ban being lifted, the site was flooded with messages, with one user saying "Welcome back to Twitter, Turkey."
Under the ban, users attempting to access Twitter were redirected to a statement from the TIB citing court orders to implement ‘protection measures’ on the platform. Many users were able to cicrumvent the ban by accessing the site via a proxy, with DNS addresses being painted on walls around the country’s capital Ankara, as well as other major cities.
Following the ban on Twitter, Turkey also blocked access to YouTube, after a video posted to the site appeared to reveal conversations between top officials on staging an undercover attack within Syria.
Turkey has one of the largest Twitter user bases in the world, with around ten million accounts registered in the country. During massive anti-government protests last year activists heavily used both Twitter and Facebook to spread information.