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Turkey blocks YouTube after security talk leaked

Turkey reacts to security meeting leak

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has banned the social media network YouTube just days after preventing access to Twitter.

This second block comes after a recording of security officials discussing the possibility of military action in Syria was uploaded to YouTube. The audio file was posted anonymously and was accompanied by photos of the officials supposedly involved in the conversation.

The recording was of a crisis management meeting that had been organised following clashes with Syria. The foreign ministry has claimed that certain aspects of the audio have been manipulated.

Turkish telecoms authority (TIB) has gone on to take an “administrative measure” and block YouTube, just one week after they made the decision to ban Twitter.

“Villainous” leak

The leak comes after similar releases on other social media sites. Erdoğan has viewed these recordings as a plot by his political enemies to oust him ahead of upcoming elections. He called the most recent YouTube post a “declaration of war” by the rivals.

During a campaign rally, he also commented on the YouTube leak, saying: “This is villainous, this is dishonesty … Who are you serving by doing audio surveillance of such an important meeting?”

Daniel Nolan, managing director at theEword, has said: “YouTube owner Google has said that it is facing no technical issues on its side, and is looking further into the block. Meanwhile, Twitter has challenged the block made by Turkish authorities, and a court in the capital Ankara has ordered for the ban to be lifted.”

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