Turkey lifts YouTube ban

Turkey has lifted its ban on YouTube following the removal of videos deemed by officials to insult founder of the country Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Turkish reports say the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Ankara ruled for the lifting of the access ban to the video-sharing site .

The Office instructed the Turkey's Telecommunications Authority (TIB) to lift the ban, which ha been in force for over two years after sensitive Turks found things they didn't like on the site owned by Google.

YouTube was quick to say that it hadn't downed the offensive videos. In a statement issued on Saturday it 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, has 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," YouTube added.

We wonder if its investigators will reinstate the videos if they find their removal invalid.