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Turkey Bans YouTube Days After Blocking Twitter Access

It may not be able to block Twitter, but Turkey still aims to limit the amount of communications leaving the country by any means necessary. On Thursday, the Turkish telecoms authority (TIB) moved to block access to YouTube, according to the BBC

The TIB said it has taken “administrative measure” against YouTube after audio leaks of Turkish officials discussing potential military operations on Syria were anonymously published on the video service

The move to block YouTube comes just one day after a Turkish court suspended Turkey’s ban on Twitter, saying it was illegal. Earlier this month, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube, and it appears he is following through with this threat with at least one of those major social networks. 

Last week’s Twitter ban in Turkey did not prevent its citizens from accessing the social network, however. People used Twitter via SMS, virtual private networks (VPNs), and cryptography tools like Tor that masked their computer’s location. It’s likely people will do the same for YouTube.

Image via Quinn Dombrowski on Flickr.

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