As Expected, Turkey's YouTube Ban Is Back On
from the but-of-course... dept
Can’t say this one was a surprise. In discussing the lifting of the ban on YouTube in Turkey earlier this week, we pointed out that officials claimed that “common sense prevailed,” but they didn’t mean the sort of common sense that many of us thought: they lifted the ban because they thought (incorrectly) that YouTube was willing to censor content on their behalf. But, that’s not the case, and the video was only taken down due to a bogus copyright claim.
The video has since been reinstated… and so has the ban. The latest ban, however, is not about that same video, but a different video that a Turkish court found objectionable, which gives even more reasons to suggest that YouTube is going to remain mostly banned in Turkey for a long time. Every time someone finds an “objectionable” video, the entire site gets blocked? Yeah, don’t expect to view much YouTube in Turkey.