Turkey's Erdogan Wants Twitter Ban Back

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to members of parliament from his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on April 8, 2014.  Erdogan, emerging triumphant from last weekend's local polls, again pledged a war against his rivals he blames for illegal wiretaps and graft claims targeting his allies.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to members of parliament from his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on April 8, 2014. Erdogan, emerging triumphant from last weekend's local polls, again pledged a war against his rivals he blames for illegal wiretaps and graft claims targeting his allies. ADEM ALTAN / AFP - Getty Images

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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

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