After completely blocking Twitter access for more than a week, Turkey is now shutting off access to YouTube.
Turkey’s decision to block YouTube, as reported by the Verge, is sadly unsurprising. As early as March 7 Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to block Google’s video service. When discussing YouTube, the prime minster proclaimed he “will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook.”
At the heart of this ban lies claims of corruption regarding Erdogan’s leadership. Elections are approaching in Turkey, and Erdogan is quickly cutting off access to information that could damage his chances of reelection.
Aaand here we go. Youtube is now blocked in Turkey. That’s where alleged recordings exposing corruption leaks live. pic.twitter.com/jTAkIAarq5
— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) March 27, 2014
Now that a YouTube block is in place, this pattern may continue. Next up, according to Erdogan’s earlier threats, is Facebook.