Turkey Lifts Youtube Ban

(Ping! Zine) – A two year ban of Youtube in Turkey has finally come to an end. The ban was imposed in 2008 by the Turkish government after complaints that the site contained videos deemed insulting to the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. 

According to Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, the videos were recntly removed from Youtube and Turkey has decided to remove the ban.

Reports from cnet say that Yildirim recently announced on a Turkish TV news channel that “The ban has been removed. But we didn’t get here easily, we have been through a lot in the process. I hope that they have also learned from this experience and the same thing will not happen again. YouTube will hopefully carry out its organization in Turkey within the limits of law in the future.”

In a statement released to Reuters, Youtube said, “We’ve received reports that some users in Turkey are once again able to access YouTube…We want to be clear that a third party, not YouTube, have apparently removed some of the videos that have caused the blocking of YouTube in Turkey using our automated copyright complaint process. We are investigating whether this action is valid in accordance with our copyright policy.”