Turks ban YouTube over insults

Video alleging Turks are homosexuals prompt legislators to ban popular website.

    A video on YouTube allegedly said Ataturk
    and Turkish people were homosexuals [EPA] 

    Turk Telekom, a state-run monopoly until it was privatised in 2005, provides internet services for the vast majority of Turkish internet users.
     
    Court decision
     
    Now, those navigating to YouTube's website from Turkey are greeted with the message: "Access to this site has been blocked by a court decision".
     
    Over the past week, Turkish media has publicised arguments between Greeks and Turks who are using YouTube to post videos belittling and berating each other.
     
    The CNN-Turk Web site featured a link allowing Turks to complain directly by email to YouTube about the "insult".
     
    On its front page on Wednesday, the Hurriyet newspaper said thousands of people had written to YouTube and that the Ataturk videos had been removed from the site.
     
    "YouTube got the message", read the headline.
     
    Doany has said Turk Telekom would allow access to the popular video sharing site again if the court decision were rescinded.
     
    After a petition by Turk Telekom, the court later ruled that it would revoke its ban once it ascertained that the offending videos had been removed from YouTube.
     
    Insulting Ataturk or "Turkishness" is a crime in Turkey punishable by a prison sentence.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.