Turkey Rescinds YouTube Ban
from the smokescreen dept
Earlier in the week, a Turkish court ordered the country’s ISPs to block YouTube because users had uploaded videos insulting the country and its founder, which is against Turkish law. The order has now been lifted, but there seems to be some debate over what actually happened to the videos. The order to block the site came in spite of YouTube’s apparent offer to remove the video in question, though it would now appear it was removed by the user who uploaded it, but it’s still not clear. This whole incident was spawned by an ongoing video flame war between some Turks and Greeks about which country was more gay, and it’s pretty unlikely that it’s anywhere near over. The ridiculousness of the flame war, and the question over who actually removed the video, still cover the bigger issue: Turkey’s laws restricting free expression. And, just to prove the point that these sorts of blocks don’t really work, here’s a list of ways around the ban, should it happen again.