Twitter blurs 11 more accounts from Turkey

Turkey's Communications Minister Lutfu Elvan has announced that Twitter has agreed to abide by a Turkish court ruling to block 11 accounts from the country.

Twitter blurs 11 more accounts from Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's Communications Minister Lutfu Elvan has announced that Twitter has agreed to abide by a Turkish court ruling to block 11 accounts from the country.

Elvan said total number of accounts blocked by Twitter based on court order reached 16.

"Twitter has followed up on 16 court rulings so far. They are considering 10 more verdicts," adding that Turkish officials will meet with Twitter representatives in Ireland.

Twitter has withheld two Turkish accounts accused of violating personal rights and privacy earlier this month.   

The Bascalan and Haramzadeler333 Twitter accounts were suspended five days after a team of senior officials from Twitter’s management visited Turkey.

During the visit, the company's head of Global Public Policy, Colin Crowell, and his delegation met representatives from Turkey's information technologies authority to discuss problems between the two parties and the possibility of the company opening an office in Turkey. 

Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Lufti Elvan said after the meeting that Twitter would take concrete steps regarding the decisions of Turkish courts on some accounts.

A Turkish court ordered Twitter to be blocked for the violation of personal rights and privacy on March 21.

Access to the site was restored on April 3 after the Constitutional Court ruled that the move was a violation of the freedom of expression.

LOSES

Meanwhile, social media website Twitter reported on Tuesday net losses of US$132million in the first quarter of 2014.

The company also posted revenue of US$250 million, an increase of 119% over a year. Mobile advertising consisted 80 percent of the total US$226 million advertising revenue. 

The company's shares dropped more than 10 percent, to US$38.18, after the company released its quarterly earnings report. 

"We had a very strong first quarter. Revenue growth accelerated on a year over year basis fueled by increased engagement and user growth," said Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. "We also continue to rapidly increase our reach and scale. With the integration of MoPub, we now reach more than 1 billion iOS and Android users each month, making us one of the largest in-app mobile ad exchanges in the world and the only one at scale to offer native in-app advertising."

For the full year, Twitter expects revenue of US$1.2 billion, nearly double the US$665 million it posted in 2013.

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Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2014, 13:13
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