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Turkish government bans YouTube over leaked voice recordings

Turkey shuts down YouTube over security alert

Video website YouTube has been blocked in Turkey because of a recording described by the prime minister as “villainous”.

Turkish government bans YouTube and facebook

Turkish government bans YouTube and facebook

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was describing a voice recording of senior officials in the government talking about a potential military operation in Syria.

The audio uploaded onto YouTube has caused ‘a national security issue’, according to a spokesman from the prime minister’s office. The Turkish government is in talks with YouTube and the ban may be lifted if the audio in question is removed from the site.

Blocking access to Youtube comes a week after Erdogan criticised social networking sites, claiming they contain “all sorts of lies”. Speaking about a number of leaked voice recording on YouTube, the prime minister said the uploading was “dishonesty”.

The Turkish government’s clampdown on social media has been criticised abroad and within the country.

“This raises concerns. I am uneasy over these developments and my biggest concern is what will happen if this government wins the next election,” said Istanbul resident Robin Cetin.

“Their approach is political and they don’t care about what people think. This is an authoritarian ruling,” added Rabia, who also lives in Istanbul.

Last week Turkey’s government restricted access to social networking site Twitter, but the ban was later overturned by a court.

Turkey shuts down YouTube over security alert
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Turkey’s telecoms authority has shut down YouTube.

Regulators say an anonymous account posted what it presented as a leaked recording of a discussion between the country’s intelligence chief and military leaders about possible operations in Syria.

It comes a week after Turkey tried to block access to microblogging site Twitter.

“I have been a Facebook and a Youtubeuser for years and all of a sudden, this ban comes as a shock. I am
uneasy over these developments and my biggest
concern is what will happen if this government wins the elections?” said internet user Robin Cetin.

“I wonder how far will they go to curb our freedom.
First Twitter, now Youtube. What is next? Facebook? How far will  they go and when will this end?” said Istanbul resident Demet Toprak.

The government has indicated that it may block access to other social media platforms as well if users publish recordings or documents which threaten national security.

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