Reuters is reporting that Turkey has officially lifted its ban on Twitter, after two weeks of centralized network-level blackout. Just yesterday, the Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, but it was unclear whether the countries telecommunications agency would respond. According to a Reuters source within the Turkish government, the change has now been made, and the Turkish web is no longer blocking traffic to and from the service.
The block was initially made in response to a leaked recording of senior government officials, which had circulated through the site. But as it continued, it became a test of both political and technical responses to a nationwide service block. The White House openly pressured the Erdogan government to remove the block, while Turkish citizens turned to services like Tor and Google DNS redirection to circumvent the ban. As of today, the measures are no longer necessary, and conventional access can be restored.
We are encouraged by the news from Turkey today and welcome our Turkish users back to Twitter.— Policy (@policy) April 3, 2014