By Sahil Patel
YouTube has been blocked in Turkey after an anonymous account posted an audio recording of what is alleged to be several top Turkish intelligence officials discussing possible military action in Syria.
A statement credited to the Turkish telecommunications agency said: “After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the law, an administrative measure has been taken for this website.”
This comes a week after Twitter was also blocked by the Turkish government, which was not happy when the micro-blogging site refused to suspend anonymous accounts that linked to recordings of what was purported to be more illegal government activity. A Turkish court ruled yesterday that the government had no right to block Twitter.
Social platforms, specifically Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, have been targeted by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan because of their role in the dissemination of private government information. Erdogan went as far as to say YouTube’s role in the leak was “villainous,” since, he claims, it contributed to the spread of dishonest information as well as the exposure of national security-related secrets. A week ago, when he successfully led the banning of Twitter, Erdogan said the ban could extend to YouTube and Facebook.
For YouTube, for now, it has.