Despite second Turkish court ruling in favor of Twitter, access remains blocked

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FILE - In this March 17, 2014 file photo, a huge poster of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seen in the city center in Istanbu, Turkey. Erdogan has been ensnared in a corruption scandal that has toppled four Cabinet ministers. He has provoked outrage at home and abroad with an attempt to block Twitter and YouTube. His incessant us-against-them rhetoric and conspiracy theories have alienated allies. Meanwhile, the Turkish Lira has fallen, interest rates are up and the Turkish economy has fallen off a cliff. It all might be enough to oust any leader. But as Turks prepare to vote in local elections Sunday, it’s all about Erdogan.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a second ruling against Turkey's ban on Twitter, a Turkish court has overturned an order for the social media network to remove an account that accuses a former minister of corruption.

Turkey last week suspended access to Twitter, which has been a conduit for links to recordings suggesting government corruption. It then blocked access to YouTube following the leak of an audio recording of a government security meeting.

Twitter announced late Friday that a Turkish court had ruled in its favor, calling the decision a "win for freedom of expression." The former minister's lawyer confirmed the ruling on Saturday, adding that it would be appealed.

Last week, another court ordered that access be restored, but Turkish authorities said they have 30 days to implement the order and could appeal.

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