Turkey To Maintain YouTube Block Despite ‘Free Speech’ Ruling – 10 April 2014

RT logoYouTube will remain blocked in Turkey in spite of a court order ruling that the ban is a violation of freedom of speech. The prohibition of social media in Turkey sparked public ire and mass protests against internet censorship.

Turkey’s Communication Technologies Institution (BTK) announced on Thursday that while “criminal content” remains on YouTube, the ban will remain in place.

“Some content in 15 links was removed, but YouTube blocked some other content only for Turkish users while leaving it open to other countries. Since March 27, a total of 151 links have been located on the website broadcasting the same criminal content,” the BTK said, stressing that it had contacted YouTube to request the removal of this content.

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