Turkey bans YouTube, again

Under one week ago, news came that Turkey had reinstated access to YouTube after videos containing offensive material were removed. The access didn't last long as a video was posted that was a " naughty clip of an opposition politician in a hotel bedroom with a female party member," The Register reports.

The original offensive videos appeared to be falsely removed under copyright infringement claims. But, YouTube later added the videos back to the sharing site after the videos were found not to infringe on any copyrights.

Regarding the removed videos, YouTube had this to say, "When we looked into this, we found the videos were not, in fact, copyright-infringing, so we have put them back up, though they continue to be restricted within Turkey. We hope very much that our users in Turkey can continue to enjoy YouTube."

YouTube has tried to keep their site available and working within Turkey law, however, a court in Ankara ruled that access to the website should be blocked again by Turkey's telecoms ministry.

Turkey has been abusing their Internet laws as other Google services such as Google Docs, Google Books, and Google Translate all have been blocked as well, reportedly as an extension of the YouTube blocking action. The law was originally developed to protect children against pornographic and harmful content, but has been abused to censor the internet.

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