Twitter fights Turkish censorship, determined to uphold its status as free-speech champion


Ever since the “Arab Spring” uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Twitter (s twtr) has been seen by many as an engine for free speech — and particularly the kind of political speech that questions authority and/or gives ordinary citizens the power to inform themselves. Although the company’s gaze often seems to have moved elsewhere, now that it is publicly traded and pursuing advertising deals, its resolve to fight a ban by the Turkish government shows it isn’t ready to give up its claim to be the “free-speech wing of the free-speech party” any time soon.

Turkey’s prime minister Recep Erdogan sparked the social-media battle by blocking Twitter last week, forcing users in that country to employ a number of workarounds — including Tor anonymization technology and open DNS servers run by companies like Google, which were circulated quickly via email and even graffiti. Since then, a court has overturned the…

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