Now Turkey's Trying to Ban YouTube, Too

Leaked security meeting prompts 'administrative action'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2014 12:08 PM CDT
Now Turkey's Trying to Ban YouTube, Too
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters of his Justice and Development Party during a rally in Istanbul, Turkey, March 23, 2014.    (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Not content with having blocked/"eradicated" Twitter, Turkish authorities today blocked YouTube, after a video that appeared to show Turkish officials debating their next move regarding Syria leaked to the site. "After technical analysis and legal consideration … an administrative measure has been taken for this website," Turkey's telecom authority said. Some users are still able to reach the site, the BBC reports, but Google confirms that Turkey has blocked it for some.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the leak yesterday. "This is villainous, this is dishonesty," he said, referring to the leaked audio. "Who are you serving by doing audio surveillance of such an important meeting?" This isn't the first time a YouTube leak has stung Erdogan—audio distributed there last month appeared to implicate him in a corruption scandal—nor the first time Turkey has banned the video site. (More Recep Tayyip Erdogan stories.)

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