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Turkey Shuts Out YouTube

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If you’re reading this story in January of 2008, rest assured that it’s not a reprint.  You can pretty much get by with recalling an old article, though, because for the third or so separate time, Turkey’s government has become upset with YouTube and banned the video-sharing site.Turkey Shuts Out YouTube

The ban occurred because of user-created videos that insult Ataturk, Turkey’s founder, and we in no way approve of these clips.  It’s just that somebody, somewhere, has to realize a whack-a-mole approach to deleting them (and/or banning YouTube) isn’t working.

The current situation puts Turkey’s government in a light that makes it look more silly than authoritative.  Google’s support of free speech appears weaker every time it gives in.  No one’s winning.

In America, people representing George Washington and Abraham Lincoln sell hamburgers and hawk cars.  The practice isn’t exactly "nice" or respectful, but it does no real harm.  Turkey’s government will need to either get used to the Ataturk videos, accept that YouTube can’t instantly take them down, or just spare everyone the back-and-forth and enact a permanent ban.

Or it can keep intermittently blocking the site.  At least the routine gives us something to write about.

Turkey Shuts Out YouTube
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  • Guest

    I disapprove of banning, but any kind of downright insults of the lowest level, not only for this instance, but many others as well makes me mad in such a fine website. These should be taken care of by the websites.  I like youtube so much, yet when I see people insulting, cursing, proving themselves to be throwbacks in evolution, I suspect if anybody in youtube cares for normal users. Because of these protoplasm level cowardly creatures that prove evolution is real and continuing at least in a backward direction, we all suffer. Fortunately there are many other and newly emerging and well maintained similar websites.

  • Alageyik

    What a big mistake by the author of the article! Its not the government but the independent court which banned YouTube in Turkey.The government is not Kemalist at all to protect Mustafa  Kemal Ataturk of being rediculed or attacked on YouTube.

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