A man gestures during a demonstration as police block protesters attempting to march to Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) in Ankara April 2, 2014. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
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The U.S. State Department called on Ankara to quickly lift a ban on Twitter after Turkey's top court ruled blocking access to the social-media website violated freedom of expression and individual rights.Turkey's Official Gazette on Thursday published the Constitutional Court's ruling from Wednesday, further piling pressure on the telecoms authorities to lift the ban. Google's video-sharing website YouTube is also offline in Turkey, the TIB having blocked it one week after blocking Twitter.Now that the ruling on Twitter has been issued by the official state publication, the TIB is expected to consider the court's call to lift the ban, which caused public uproar and global condemnation, led by the United States.
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