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Following state censorship, YouTube returns to Turkey

After months of official state censorship, YouTube access has returned to Turkey
By: Tamlin Magee | Internet & Websites News | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 12:11 am

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.




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.


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