It would appear that the Turkish government and courts are a bit trigger happy when it comes to flat-out banning websites for almost no reason at all. In the past, we've reported on Turkish bans on YouTube
, Wordpress.com and Google Groups
. Now, via Slashdot
, we see that a Turkish court has banned all of Google's Blogger service
including all of the blogs hosted at blogspot.com. Unlike the bans of the other sites, which happened after people who were offended by content found on each complained, it appears that the Blogger ban was due to a Turkish TV service, Digiturk, which was upset that some Blogger users
were posting links to unauthorized streams of Turkish football matches.
Yes, you read that correctly. Because a few bloggers had linked
to (not even hosted) some unauthorized streams of a sporting event, Digiturk was able to ban all of Blogger. At this point, you have to wonder why Turkey allows the internet at all.