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Turkey’s Twitter Ban Violates Free Speech: Constitutional Court (Reuters)
Turkey’s block on access to Twitter violated freedom of expression and individual rights, the constitutional court said on Wednesday, the most significant legal challenge yet to a ban which caused public uproar and international condemnation. Turkey’s telecoms authority TIB blocked access to Twitter on March 21 after prime minister Tayyip Erdogan said he would “root out” the network, following a stream of anonymously posted audio tapes purporting to expose corruption in his inner circle days ahead of nationwide elections. CNN Three people filed complaints to the Constitutional Court after the Telecommunications Directorate blocked access to Twitter. The court sent its decision to the Telecommunications Directorate and the Transportation, Maritime and Communication Ministry, asking that necessary measures to restore the service be taken. CNET This is the biggest legal challenge the ban has yet received. At hearing the news, Twitter’s global public policy team tweeted, “We welcome this Constitutional Court ruling, and hope to have Twitter access restored in Turkey soon.” GlobalPost Experts say the latest verdict could set a precedent for future cases and, if respected, could deter the government from imposing further blanket bans on social media, frequently used by Turkey’s youth amid claims of government pressure on the mainstream media. After 11 years in power, Turkey’s strongman premier is seen by critics as increasingly authoritarian for introducing bans on the Internet and tightening his grip on the judiciary. Financial Times The government initially justified blocking the video-sharing site on national security grounds after the leak of a recording of top officials discussing possible military action in Syria. It subsequently cited a court order justifying the action because of videos allegedly insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of Turkey.
Boxes Be Gone, Twitter.com Now Supports Emoji Characters (The Next Web)
Sometimes it’s the small things in life that make a difference. Along those lines, Twitter has begun showing emoji characters — the small, cartoon-like figures most often used when typing on a mobile device — on its main Twitter.com website.
How Men and Women Use Social Media and Mobile Devices [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
Mobile use patterns are largely split between men and women. According to an infographic from FinancesOnline.com, women use mobile devices for social media and self-help, while men seem to prefer using mobile and for business social networking and dating.
WhatsApp Hit with Outage After Reporting Record Numbers (PC Magazine)
If WhatsApp is down for you, you’re not alone. The messaging app appears to be experiencing its second major outage since being acquired by Facebook in February for $16 billion.
Latest Beta Version Of Facebook Android App Looks Like … Facebook IOS App (AllFacebook)
The newest beta version of Facebook’s flagship application for Android may look familiar — to iOS users. Blink vice president of planning and media Eti Suruzon shared a screenshot in which the design of Facebook’s Android app more closely resembles that of the iOS app,
No Surprise: Mark Zuckerberg to Keynote F8 Conference (Mashable)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will keynote this year’s F8 conference, the social network’s major developer event slated for San Francisco at the end of March. Facebook announced the keynote and an expanded conference agenda on Wednesday, which includes speakers from the company and its subsidiaries Instagram and Parse.
Twitter Flunks Greenpeace’s Energy Report (AllTwitter)
Apparently, 140-characters gobbles up a lot of energy. Twitter ranks as one of the worst offenders on Greenpeace’s #ClickClean report, examining the energy habits of the top Internet companies around the world.
This App Lets You Secretly Leave Annoying Group Texts (BetaBeat)
GroupXiT is an app that lets you stealthily remove yourself from group texting threads you’re no longer interested in. Additionally, if there’s a person in the conversation who’s really annoying you — maybe someone’s using way too many wedding-themed hashtags — the app also lets you stop seeing their messages in the thread on your phone.
Social Marketing Firms Unite: Spredfast and Mass Relevance Merge (LostRemote)
Social TV leader Mass Relevance, the Austin-based social experience company we’ve been covering since 2011, has merged with fellow social marketing firm Spredfast. The two will consolidate under the Spredfast name.