YouTube Blocked in Turkey

The government of Turkey on Thursday blocked access to YouTube — a week after taking similar action to ban Twitter — after a two-part video was uploaded to the vidsite purportedly disclosing secret military talks about Turkey taking action against Jihadist militants in Syria.

The Turkish Telecommunications Authority said it had taken an “administrative measure” against YouTube after the sensitive videos were discovered.

“The leak shows the scope of the cyber and electronic attack against our country,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Those who did this are the enemies of our state and our nation.”

On Wednesday, a Turkish court ruled that the government could not ban Twitter and ordered the telecommunications agency to stop blocking the service. The country’s Twitter ban was enacted last Thursday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at a campaign rally ahead of March 30 municipal elections, denounced the social-media platform for not removing messages that allegedly revealed government corruption.

SEE ALSO: Turkish Court Rules Against Twitter Ban But Block Remains In Place

A Google rep said in a statement, “We’re seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Turkey. There is no technical issue on our side, and we’re looking into the situation.”

Turkish citizens have been bypassing the Twitter ban by using virtual private networks or by changing their Domain Name System (DNS) settings. The same methods could be used to circumvent the block on YouTube.

Twitter was ordered by a Turkish court to remove an account accusing a former minister of corruption, and “this order causes us concern,” Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde wrote in a blog post Wednesday detailing the company’s petition to reverse the order. “Political speech is among the most important speech, especially when it concerns possible government corruption.”

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  1. Ok, so instead of looking in on the situation like a fly on the wall to see the OTHER guy show their asses then they take the approach that oh, we’ll just ban it all together?! Ha! Either way thats saying heres our asses, come kick it! ^_^

  2. Reblogged this on Open Labs Blog and commented:
    Turkey not understanding the 21st Century.


  3. Yeah, this will work!

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