Following state censorship, YouTube returns to Turkey

After months of official state censorship, YouTube access has returned to Turkey.

Published Tue, Jun 3 2014 7:11 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Turkey has at last gained access to YouTube again, following a months long ban on the video website after eruptions of protest saw the government seeking to quell dissent.

Following state censorship, YouTube returns to Turkey |

In an almost typical example of the infamous Streisand Effect, attempts at censorship actually fueled further dissent. Turkey's constitutional court ruled last week that the YouTube ban was in violation of the country's freedom of expression laws, despite insistence from officials that the website still held offensive content.

As The Verge reports, many of the web's savvier users were able to find their way around the ban, and Google itself lent itself to the dissent.

Turkey also recently attempted to place a blockade on Twitter, but similarly, this caused even more outrage with many users finding ways to circumvent the ban and keep posting to social media.


Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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