YouTube suffers the same fate as Twitter in Turkey. Both social media websites have been blocked, and it’s connected with leaks which government disliked.
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Last week Turkish government has blocked access to Twitter for users based in the country. Internet users always find a way around and this time, thanks to services such as Tor, Turkish people were able to browse the social media website once again. Today, the government went ahead and blocked YouTube, merely hours after leaked recordings of a key security meeting were published on the website.
The video included conversation of Turkey’s foreign minister, spy chief and a top general discussing various plans that could lead Turkey into war with Jihadists in Syria. Turkey’s Telecommunication Directorate has revoked access to YouTube without a court order, which is apparently not needed anymore. It’s not a big surprise as users already thought it would end up this way since Google refused to remove videos alleging government corruption.
Even before Twitter was blocked, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said they would fight other websites. It was not hard to figure YouTube and Facebook would be targeted. Leaking government recordings might not be a good thing, though freedom of speech should never be denied to anyone in today’s world.
Twitter filed petitions in several Turkish courts and hopefully Google will do the same. Seems like Twitter has won the case and the normal access to company's social media website will be granted in near future. The decision to block YouTube is likely to cause further outrage.
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