Twitter's senior executives arrive in Turkey

Monday, April 14, 2014

Meeting between Turkish officials and Twitter management dwell on the possibility of Twitter opening an office in the country

Meeting between Turkish officials and Twitter management dwell on the possibility of Twitter opening an office in the country

ANKARA – A team of senior officials from Twitter's management had a meeting on Monday in Ankara with representatives from Turkey's information technologies authority to discuss current problems between the two parties and the possibility of opening an office in the country. 

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the head of Turkish Information and Communications Technologies Authority said the meeting concluded in a good atmosphere. 

However, Tayfun Acarer refused to answer a question on whether Twitter agreed to open an office in Turkey.

The Twitter delegation at the meeting was led by the company's head of Global Public Policy, Colin Crowell.

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 on April 3 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.

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