EU expresses 'grave' concerns on Turkey Twitter block

ANKARA - The Turkish government's block of access to Twitter raises “grave” concerns about Turkey's commitment to European values and standards, the European Union's (EU) Commissioner for Enlargement said Friday.

Access to Twitter in Turkey was blocked late Thursday after the popular micro-blogging site failed to respond to Turkish court requests on removing some links.

"The ban on the social platform in Turkey raises grave concerns and casts doubt on Turkey's stated commitment to European values and standards," Stefan Fule said in a press release on the EU website.

"Open debate promotes transparency and accountability and ultimately reinforces democracy; such debate needs to be strengthened everywhere, including in Turkey," Fule added.

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said Friday that, despite the Twitter block not being good for the country's international reputation, doing nothing could have caused even worse repercussions.

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