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Cat and mouse game between social media users and government as Turkey blocks YouTube

Published on Mar 28, 2014 7:58 PM
A person uses a laptop computer showing Youtube's logo on March 27, 2014, in Istanbul. -- PHOTO: AFP

Turkey blocked YouTube on Thursday after an audio recording allegedly involving senior government officials was leaked on the video-sharing website. The officials were purportedly discussed military action in Syria.

The ban comes a week after Turkey clamped down on Twitter. Users on the micro-blogging platform had posted voice recordings and documents alleging corruption among Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s associates.

Under Turkish law, the telecommunications regulator can block websites without a court order. The country had previously blocked YouTube in 2007, though the ban was lifted three years later.

A similar gag order has been issued to Turkish media barring them from broadcasting the leaked recording on local TV and radio.

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