Turkey Lifts Ban on YouTube

Turkey lifted its Ban on the Popular video sharing site YouTube from Google. Turkey recently banned another video sharing site – Vimeo.

Back in March 2007, a Turkish court ordered YouTube to be banned there because of offensive comments about the founding father of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. This ban was eventually lifted, but videos insulting the the same person caused a new ban after another. YouTube was at last completely blocked in Turkey in May 2008, with the blockade lasting for more than two years.

Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said that the ban has been lifted as the offending videos were removed from YouTube. He also said “I hope that they have also learned from this experience and the same thing will not happen again. YouTube will hopefully carry out its organization in Turkey within the limits of law in the future” .

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But Youtube replied to the Minister’s statement as “We want to be clear that a third party, not YouTube, [has] apparently removed some of the videos that have caused the blocking of YouTube in Turkey using our automated copyright complaint process. We are investigating whether this action is valid in accordance with our copyright policy.”

Whatever it may be, now as the ban has been removed from Turkey, now Turkish users can enjoy YouTube. Cheers to you guys 🙂

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