Turkey reinstates YouTube ban days after lifting it

By on November 3, 2010, 3:15 PM
Less than a week ago, Turkey lifted a 30-month ban on YouTube after videos containing offensive material were removed. The access didn't last long, however, and the site is banned anew, according to The Wall Street Journal.

When trying to access the site, users once again encounter a blank screen with a message informing them that YouTube is blocked as part of a May 2008 court order. The original offensive videos, which Turkey says are insulting to the republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, were removed under copyright infringement claims. YouTube later added the videos back after Google found the allegations were false. A court in Ankara lifted the ban on Saturday, but a separate court in the same city ruled that the ban should be reinstated, this time over a secretly taped video purportedly showing the former chairman of the opposition, Deniz Baykal, in a bedroom with a female partner.

Turkey has also blocked other Google services such as Google Docs, Google Books, and Google Translate, reportedly as an extension of the YouTube ban. Fortunately, Turkish citizens have been able to circumvent the ban by using a proxy. Turkey's restrictive Internet laws were originally developed to protect children against pornographic and harmful content, but are often used to censor the Internet instead. More than 5,000 sites are blocked in the country.

"When we looked into this, we found the videos were not, in fact, copyright-infringing, so we have put them back up, though they continue to be restricted within Turkey," YouTube said in a statement. "We hope very much that our users in Turkey can continue to enjoy YouTube."





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Puiu Puiu said:

i'm against the banning of any website. BTW good for google for putting the videos back online.

Yosip said:

**** their politics and everyone elses, turkish users and everyone YT user will find way to watch youtube. Tip: Proxy

dustin_ds3000 dustin_ds3000, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

well that sucks, I'm against the banning of any website too.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

"Turkey's restrictive Internet laws were originally developed to protect children against pornographic and harmful content, but are often used to censor the Internet instead."

Heh, this should be a lesson to all.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Banning web sites or any banning of such things just makes people find a way around the problem it doesn't defeat the problem i say its stupid to ban something like this it should be the persons responsibility to know what there looking at not the governments. Things are starting to get so ridiculous toward the banning of things and how restrictive everything in the world is becoming so one person does something bad lets punish everyone.

shortie said:

Silly turks ... and they wanna join the EU with this kind of attitude ? :o

Guest said:

I guess turkey want's to limit the amount of people knowing how corrupt and idiotic their government is.

lyladeeasperin said:

I can relate on this as it also happened her in Philippines that a well known Filipina artist was a victim. A pornographic video of her and a well known doctor was posted on Youtube. Nobody claimed who did the posting. Unfortunately, Internet does not forget everything. We should be responsible and cautious in everything that we do.

bam13 said:

It was quite a shock when I was in Turkey during summer and I couldn¬'t open the youtube videos...I mean come on, these guys wanna join European Union and they¬'re restricting people from watching what they want?!

grimm808 said:

Maybe the Turkish don't want their younger people to know of the atrocities that the old Turks did, when they invaded Armenia around the time of world war I, and started a mass genocide, Killing 1.5 million people? Lol, no that wouldn't be the reason. There's too much offensive things on youtube that could get it banned in alot of places.

sMILEY4ever said:

puiu said:

i'm against the banning of any website. BTW good for google for putting the videos back online.

What about fake sites which fool people?

Anyways, censorship is so...today in turkey. Too bad.

surbey said:

bam13 said:

It was quite a shock when I was in Turkey during summer and I couldn¬'t open the youtube videos...I mean come on, these guys wanna join European Union and they¬'re restricting people from watching what they want?!

And this is one of the main reasons why they won't become part of the EU. At the roots of it, they are more a middle eastern country than they are European. I wouldn't be surprised if in a few years we see them push further right.

Uvindu said:

They may claim to protect children and what not by banning these services but they are probably doing so more due to a political reason

TwiztidSef said:

I find banning a site interesting. It reflects the social climate in the area at the time. But I don't know much about Turkey's laws. They claim to protect children against porn but who knows. As for banning a site for a video messing with your privacy, I think they should go after the uploader. Otherwise they would have to ban other video sites.

I guess i can't support any ban on any site though. The children would usually need to know something about sex to find this stuff anyway.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Ha ha...they think banning youtube is going to stop this stuff from getting out? Let's think of how many blogs there are out there...how many news site there are that show videos from all over the world...how many other video sites there are...sorry Turkey, but if you want to keep your stuff quiet, you're just going to have to get rid of the internet intirely. Let's see how well your citizens respond to that!

zogo said:

This is stupid! You can find something incriminating for almost everyone and it doesn't mean that we should ban youtube for it. It's non-sense.

Or maybe we should, from theirs point of view?!

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

"We hope very much that our users in Turkey can continue to enjoy YouTube."

What? You no make sense Turkey.

Upon1 said:

How many times are they going to flip-flop? Something tells me they just want some web attention.

xcelofjkl said:

I think the President of Turkey got rickrolled..

hitech0101 said:

At least turkish teens are safe from youtube.

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