Internet: YouTube partially inaccessible from Turkey

14 January, 17:59

    (ANSAmed) – ISTANBUL, JANUARY 14 - The popular video sharing website YouTube has been blocked in Turkey for some Internet users who connect via TurkNet and a number of other servers, the Hurriyet daily reported late on Monday. Internet users were surprised to see the message “This website has been blocked by court decision” when trying to access YouTube. The US-based video-sharing website Vimeo, which had been blocked in Turkey by a court late on Thursday, was accessible late on Friday after a 24-hour ban, leading to confusion over whether the court decision was temporary or not. The banning of the website led to deep concerns that an amendment to the law on cybercrimes recently submitted by a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) may seriously damage freedom of expression on the Internet and social media. (ANSAmed).

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