Turkish court rules to unblock YouTube after lifting Twitter ban

Above: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

After blocking YouTube completely, a Turkish court today ruled that a “blanket ban” violates human rights. In place of the ban, the court ruled to block 15 specific videos.

Today’s decision comes more than a week after Google’s video site was first blocked. Twitter, another service the Turkish government blocked ahead of local elections, was banned for over two weeks. Now that elections have passed, it’s likely the government will lift the YouTube ban soon. Twitter’s ban lifted days after elections kept Turkey’s ruling party in power.

Nearly one month ago, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that he “will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook.” We feared a Facebook ban would arrive next, but today’s ruling may de-escalate the situation.

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