#youtubeblockedinturkey 'Villainous' leak
Ashie S Hirji stashed this in Turkey
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.
Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.
In its statement, the Telecom TIB said: "After technical analysis and legal consideration.... an administrative measure has been taken for this website."
As conflicting reports emerged over the blockage, the search engine Google, which owns YouTube, confirmed that some users were unable to access YouTube in Turkey.
"There is no technical issue on our side and we're looking into the situation," a Google Inc spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.
The term #youtubeblockedinturkey has begun trending worldwide on Twitter.
At a rally in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir on Thursday, Mr Erdogan appeared to confirm the latest audio leak was genuine.
"They even leaked a national security meeting," he said. "This is villainous, this is dishonesty... Who are you serving by doing audio surveillance of such an important meeting?"
On Wednesday, a court in the capital, Ankara, ordered the TIB to lift its ban on Twitter, but it could be weeks before the order takes effect.
Twitter itself has filed a challenge to the access ban. It said it was concerned about a court order to suspend an account which had accused a former minister of corruption.
Turkey’s Parliament has passed Feb. 6 a much-debated omnibus bill that includes controversial arrangements concerning the protection of online privacy, amid concerns raised by the European Union as well as local NGOs and opposition parties.
The Turkish Journalists’ Association (TGC) has called on President Abdullah Gül to veto the bill, saying it violated a number of rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
“This regulation constitutes intervention into many rights, particularly freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and there are points which are in conflict with the Constitution. We are calling on the president to return this regulation to the Parliament,” the TGC’s executive board said in a statement on Feb. 6.
So now Turkey is blocking Twitter AND YouTube? But Facebook is still unblocked?
Facebook is still unblocked I believe. Something really funny is taking place on Twitter .. catch this video Turks on Twitter are making jokes about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a campaign speech he gave in which his voice was very high-pitched with many on Twitter saying it was if he had sucked in helium. (LOL)
Ever since the Turkish Prime Minister vowed to "wipe out Twitter" last week and promptly shut down the service, he has faced the wrath of defiant Turks who have found ways around the block.Earlier on Thursday, Erdogan gave a campaign speech in Van in the east of Turkey, for this weekend's local elections. His voice was unusually - and distinctly - high-pitched and squeaky. Almost instantly, the jokes began on Twitter. "I think the Twitter bird is trapped inside him," was one of the tweets. "We have asked you to be a world leader, and all you have become is a Teletubby," was another.Others praised the assembled crowd for their restraint. "People of Van deserve the greatest praise for holding themselves together and not bursting into laughter," wrote one. "He couldn't intimidate us by making us cry - he is now trying to eradicate us by making us laugh. Hold on to each other comrades," was another... And so it went on. This is why #youtubeblockedinturkey #helyumlobisi #İnternet catch this video
Thanks for the video...
...and what's interesting is that they think blocking YouTube is going to stop anyone.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan appeared on Wednesday to have succeeded in asserting a ban on the Twitter networking site in the run-up to critical local polls he fears could be influenced by what he calls fake online tapes accusing him of corruption.
An Ankara court upheld an appeal against the ban from the bar association but a source in Erdogan's office said the telecoms authority had 30 days to implement or appeal the decision. The regulator did not immediately comment.
"Turkey Set To Block YouTube Momentarily, After Google Refuses To Yank Clips Exposing Prime Minister." As of minutes ago this too prediction appears to have come true based on reports from inside the country that Google's popular video service is now also blocked.
If they're not blocking Facebook then the revolution is just moving to a place where they can't see it.
According to online media sites he stated he will block Facebook Not sure if the footage of his recording is on Youtube? been trying to track it. Now the story starts to get really interesting.
"Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said he had seen a footage showing Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan watching a 2010 sex tape that forced the main opposition's then-leader Deniz Baykal to resign.
"I watched it. Those who made Prime Minister Erdoğan watch the footage [secretly] filmed him, too. The latest audio recording consists of their conversations," Kılıçdaroğlu told on Kanaltürk television March 27.
An audio recording released late on March 25 allegedly portrays Erdoğan speaking about the video regarding Baykal even before it was uploaded onto YouTube and giving orders for the release of the video. The tape was said to have shown Baykal allegedly having an affair with a female politician.