Youtube gets banned in Turkey

Youtube has been banned in Turkey after a prosecutor in a Turkish court recommended the ban because of videos allegedly insulting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were uploaded the site. Turkey’s largest telecommunications provider, Turk Telekom, is already enforcing the ban.

According to reports, over the past week Turkish media publicized a “virtual war” taking place on Youtube between Greeks and Turks with people from both sides posting videos to belittle and berate the other. The video prompting the ban allegedly said Ataturk and the Turkish people were homosexuals. Insulting Ataturk or “Turkishness” is a crime in Turkey punishable by prison.

Obviously transmission can be back up if there is any change in the prosecutor’s stand on this case which is very much possible as Ataturk related videos have been removed from the site.

Previously Youtube was almost banned in India after a controversial video of the Mahatma Gandhi was posted on the site. Before that Youtube did get banned successfully in Brazil after a video of Ronaldo’s ex-wife Daniela Cicarelli having sex with her boyfriend on a beach was uploaded by users. Later the ban was taken down by the Brazilian court.

I don’t think any of these bans are ever going to stick given that thousands of videos are uploaded everyday at Youtube and no real way to define which of those might eventually cause trouble. Even otherwise people post lot of crap all over the web and it is neither practical nor sensible to ban each of those sites. Anyway, this is just part of ongoing life at Youtube where they suddenly see people using the video sharing platform to play a role similar to TV did earlier in the days.

Snapshot from  Cem Sertoglu‘s blog

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One Response to “Youtube gets banned in Turkey”

  1. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Youtube-Turkey ban down in just 2 days Says:

    […] As expected, the ban on Youtube didn’t stick for long in Turkey. According to news reports, Ahter Kutadgu, head of corporate communications for Turk Telekom, told the Anatolia news agency his company had been notified of a court decision to lift the ban. Not many details are out regarding why the ban was lifted. Will update as more details come in. […]

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