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Turkey Youtube ban imposed amid national security concerns

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, not content with having a pop at Twitter, has now whacked YouTube with his censorship stick.

You can't have missed the news of his ban on tweeting, which inflamed the international community, right activists, and indeed pretty much everyone, including Turkey's justice system – the main court of which has ordered the Twitter ban to be lifted, as we reported yesterday.

Erdoğan – evidently in his fingers-in-ears, "I'm not listening" mode – has now moved against Google's video service due to some audio recordings which were put up on the site.

According to the BBC, the recordings were allegedly of Turkish top brass mulling over potential military operations in Syria – although the authenticity of the material couldn't be vouched for by Reuters.

Other sources have mentioned corruption and alleged evidence of Erdoğan hiding away large sums of money being aired on YouTube.

It's a predictably muddy affair, with the Turkish PM howling about misinformation, and the Turkish telecoms authority saying of YouTube: "An administrative measure has been taken for this website." It seems that some, if not all of the Turkish population, have had YouTube blocked – though perhaps a full blockade is on the way.

Google has confirmed that it's getting complaints of inaccessibility, and that there's certainly no issue on Google's end – with the company now "looking into the situation." Though there is, of course, precious little Google can do about any blockage, anyway.