Turkey extends YouTube ban to other Google sites

According to a Turkish media report, Turkey has blocked access several Google services, including Google Docs and its dodgy translation service.

YouTube has already been banned from the country for two years now, after videos deemed to be insulting to the image of the founder of the Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Turkey’s Telecommunications Communication Presidency, said on Friday it had blocked access to some Google IP addresses “because of legal reasons", Hurriyet Daily News reported.

According to users in the country, docs.google.com, translate.google.com, books.google.com, google-analytics.com and tools.google.com are affected by the ban.

It appears that the government has extended the YouTube ban to Google's complete Domain Name System. Web users in Turkey attempting to access a Google site now get this message instead: "Access to this site is banned by court order."

Savvy users may have been changing their DNS settings in an attempt to bypass Turkish Internet service providers and the government appears to have blocked this ruse in order to enforce its YouTube ban.

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