YouTube banned by Turkey following Twitter disaster


youtube banned in TurkeyTurkey banned video-sharing website YouTube on Thursday, having blocked Twitter a week earlier after both were used to spread audio recordings damaging to the government, local media reported.

The move came hours after the release of an audio file on YouTube, purporting to be of a security meeting in which top government, military and spy officials discuss a possible scenario for military action inside Syria.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government informed mobile phone operators and internet service providers of its decision to block YouTube, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website.

The move came a day after a court ordered a suspension of the Twitter ban.

The foreign ministry slammed the latest leak as a “vile attack” and “espionage” against the country’s national security.

It added that it was a “natural practice” by the state to discuss how to protect Turkish property from “terrorist elements” but added that some part of the conversation had been “distorted”.

Erdogan, whose party faces key local elections Sunday, has been dogged by a string of leaks, including apparent wire taps suggesting a major corruption scandal, which have gone viral on Twitter and other social media.



3 responses to “YouTube banned by Turkey following Twitter disaster”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Of course, some think they can show anything to the world at large, just as they think they can say anything. Call it ‘Wikileakers Disease’.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      They should ban the Internet and TV and Radio and Newsprint and cars and planes and go back to riding donkeys… Plenty of them in Syria that they are considered a pest apparently… The mighty Syrian army defending Syria against the invaders…
      Warning! Graphic…

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Stripped them naked first … whispered a few ‘Allo Akbars’ in the ears … then wasted a pile of bullets. Nice. Assume they needed some food …. all the farmers have been chased out.

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