Six days after Twitter was banned in Turkey, an administrative court in Ankara has granted a stay of execution on a decision made by the country's telecommunications regulator (TİB) to block access to the social networking site, according to a report by Hürriyet Daily News.
The government restricted access to Twitter last Thursday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to "wipe out" the service following the leak of recordings and documents that purportedly damage his reputation .
A number of complaints were filed earlier this week by Turkey's leading press association as well as two experts in Internet law in an attempt to overturn the ban.
European Commission VP Neelie Kroes has publicly criticized the action and both the White House and the State of Department issued statements on how the ban goes against Turkish freedom of speech rights.
Despite the international outcry, the Turkish government has remained firm over the weekend and reportedly made it even more difficult to circumvent the ban.
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