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.

VentureBeat

VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member