A board shows the alternative ways to access Twitter, is placed at an election campaign office of the main opposition Republican's People's Party (CHP) in Istanbul March 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
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A successful appeal against Turkey's ban on Twitter may not be enough to restore free access to the service before critical local polls are held this weekend.An Ankara court upheld an appeal against the ban from the bar association Wednesday, ruling that it contravened the Turkish Constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights, but a source in Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said the national telecoms authority had 30 days to implement or appeal the decision.Despite a separate court challenge by Twitter describing the blocking order as "disproportionate and illegal," the potential delay could mean that the ban, which is viewed by many as an attempt to impede the widely expected release of further tapes, remains in place until after the polls.Twitter said it had suspended content related to two of three court orders listed as the legal basis for the ban, claiming the content violated its own rules.
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