Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to take Turkey back into the stone age where there is no social media and no medium for voicing opinions. After blocking Twitter in the country, TNW reports that the video-sharing site YouTube is now unavailable through all ISPs, and has posted a screenshot which confirms the move. It simply reads at the bottom: “Access has been blocked by Telecommunication Communication Presidency.”
The latest development has been confirmed by the Turkish telecoms authority TIB that it has taken “administrative measure” against the Google-owned platform – YouTube.
The move to block YouTube most likely has happened after Google had declined requests from the Turkish government to remove a video that allegedly points to government corruption. It reportedly includes a recording of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister, in which he tells his son to hide cash from investigators. The video has now been watched millions of times.
Twitter, meanwhile, has filed for lawsuits in the Turkish courts to have the ban of its service overturned. The ban has been justified with three court orders and a request from a public prosecutor, which it now hopes to prove as baseless. For one of the orders, it’s already agreed to pull access to tweets that accuse a former minister of government of corruption by using its ‘Country Withheld Content‘ tool.
With Twitter and YouTube blocked in the country, wonder if it is time for Facebook now?