Turkey’s Erdogan Wants Twitter Ban Back

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday a constitutional court ruling that lifted a ban on Twitter was wrong and should be overturned.

"The constitutional court's ruling on Twitter did not serve justice. This ruling should be corrected," Erdogan told a parliamentary meeting of his AK Party.

Access to Twitter was blocked on March 21 in the run-up to local elections, but Turkey's telecoms authority lifted the two-week-old ban last Thursday after the court ruled that the block breached freedom of expression.

Tech-savvy Turks quickly found ways to get around the two-week-long censorship by using mobile virtual private network (VPN) apps, and Twitter use actually increased immediately after the ban took effect.

Erdogan has been battling a corruption scandal that has been fueled by alleged evidence circulated on social media of government wrongdoing.

His government also blocked access to YouTube, which is still restricted.

Image: Protesters hold placards during a demonstration against the Twitter ban in Ankara, Turkey
Protesters hold placards reading "do not touch my Twitter," during a demonstration against the ban on Twitter in Ankara on March 22, 2014. ADEM ALTAN / AFP - Getty Images
-NBC News' Marian Smith and Reuters