Twitter considers opening office in Turkey

Twitter officials to visit Turkey on Monday to discuss opening local branch

Twitter officials to visit Turkey on Monday to discuss opening local branch

KONYA - Senior names from Twitter's management will visit Ankara on Monday to discuss the possibility of opening an office in the country, Turkey's communications minister said on Thursday.

"They are going to discuss current problems between the two parties in detail with our officials from the Information and Communications Technologies Authority," Lutfi Elvan told reporters in the city of Konya.

Turkey and Twitter have been on unfriendly terms due to the popular microblogging site's failure to implement Turkish court decisions that ordered the removal of certain web links on the grounds of privacy violations.

Twitter's unwillingness to act in accordance with the rule of law in Turkey led the country's telecoms regulator TIB to block access to the site last month.

Access to the site was restored last week after the Constitutional Court ruled that it was a violation of freedom of expression.

Twitter does not have an office in Turkey despite Turkish authorities' requests for it to open a local branch.

Elvan also responded to questions on the country's block on access to popular video sharing website YouTube.

"Based on court decisions, the TIB notified YouTube that it should remove videos that insult Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, but it has not complied with these court orders," Elvan said.

On Wednesday, an Ankara court ordered the lifting of the block on access to YouTube after evaluating an appeal by the website's lawyer, Gonenc Gurkaynak.

However, Turkey's TIB said on Thursday that it would keep blocking access to YouTube because the company had not complied with Turkish court decisions ordering the removal of certain content.

On March 27 Turkey's telecoms authority announced an "administrative" block on YouTube, after a leaked recordings of a security meeting of high-ranking officials appeared on the site.

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