updated 12:51 pm EDT, Thu March 27, 2014
YouTube banned in Turkey one day after similar Twitter block lifts
Turkey is blocking access to YouTube, in order to prevent the spread of videos alleging there to be corruption in the country's government. The new ban on the video service comes just a day after courts ordered the block on Twitter to be lifted by the government, with the telecommunications regulator (TIB) claiming the latest block is to prevent a "national security issue."
In recent weeks, the Turkish government has come under fire with allegations of corruption appearing on Twitter and YouTube. Alleged audio recordings of high-level ministers, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have appeared on YouTube and other services, with Twitter being used to distribute links to the videos and to spread more details among potential voters before the country's elections.
Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Previously, Erdogan has claimed the recordings were "vile" and fake, created by his opposition to sway voters. After revealing an intention to "wipe out" Twitter after it refused to remove "illegal" links to specific content, Erdogan's government placed the block on Twitter, closely followed by Google's DNS service after citizens were advised of a possible alternative access point.
The Hurriyet Daily News reports that the latest ban by the TIB comes hours after leaked recordings of a "key security meeting" were uploaded to YouTube. According to Reiters, While Twitter's block came after a court order, the TIB is blocking YouTube without such a request, thanks to a law passed in early February. It is likely that the TIB will consider lifting the ban if Google agrees to remove the offending video, but this will most likely not stop the clip from resurfacing.
YouTube was previously blocked by Turkey between 2008 and 2010, over videos deemed insulting to the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.