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Turkey Blocks YouTube in Latest Censorship Expansion
by Karl Bode 06:08PM Thursday Mar 27 2014
As part of a futile effort to use Internet censorship to quell citizen dissent, Turkey recently forced the nation's ISPs to block access to Twitter, though users rather quickly found a way around the blocks by using alternative DNS servers. Turkey then beefed up their Twitter blockade by imposing IP-range blocks, which simply drove impacted users to Tor.

Now Turkey has escalated their Internet censorship efforts further by blocking user access to YouTube, hours after a government security meeting (one in which participants discuss attacking Syria for political brownie points and electoral gains) was leaked via the website:
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The ban was ordered hours after leaked recordings of a key security meeting were published on the video sharing website. Turkey's Telecommunication Directorate (TİB) has used its new authority for the first time by blocking Youtube without a court order.
This appears to be a DNS-level ban that's again (for now) avoidable by using third-party DNS servers.

Surely blocking websites will magically stop citizen outrage at bad government behavior, right? You'd think, after countless examples of this kind of ham-fisted Internet censorship failing, that governments would give up. Apparently not. Medium has an interesting read stating that these blocks may be less about seriously trying to block dissent, and more about trying to win election brownie points by portraying (Western) social media as a corrupter of family values.

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StuartMW
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Depends...

said by Karl Bode:

Surely blocking websites will magically stop citizen outrage at bad government behavior, right?

Depends on the country. Turkey is still relatively free. Saying stuff in North Korea, or even China, that offends the gummint will get you a bullet in the back of the head. And no that's not rhetoric it's fact!
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StuartMW
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Re: Depends...

Report: Executions rise in 2013, China tops the list
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neufuse

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gone?

Are they going to completely remove it from the face of the earth like they promised to do to Twitter also?..... idiots

battleop

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Re: gone?

"idiots"

Any moron with basic networking experience could block Youtube and Twitter without a lot of difficulty. I suspect that the engineers doing the "blocking" are doing exactly as their being told without offering any advice to the ones telling them what to do.

Some moron came up with the idea of blocking the domains in their DNS so that's exactly what the engineers are going to do. Nothing more, nothing less.
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They should just cause endless buffering like in the US

It might be better, they'd get less backlash.

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Re: They should just cause endless buffering like in the US

lol! +1'ed!

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Surprised

Surprised the entire internet hasn't yet to be blocked from the entire world.. Atleast half of youtube is getting blocked from americans and some other countries while other countries(like turkey) are being totally out-right blocked.

mix

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It bothers me...

It bothers me that Turkey is a member of NATO.

Probitas

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Dear Turkey

Stop walking backwards into the future. Turn around, then you'll be facing the proper direction at least.

Turk71

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why youtube block to turkey?

Make sure you check this decision does not give anyone but some traitors in turkey Thanks to YouTube, publish government meetings because they are turned off. Nobody're worrying turkey from members of the NATO presence of the U.S. in the Middle East turkey demonstrates through. And Turkey is a last bastion of democracy in the Middle East.