Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube following their refusal to take down a particular image

Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube following their refusal to take down a particular image
The government of Turkey blocked access to YouTube and Twitter in the country after both refused to take down images of a murdered Istanbul prosecutor. Facebook, on the other hand, said that it had complied with an order from a Turkish court which required it to restrict access to some content or face getting blocked. While complying with the court order, Facebook said it would appeal it.

Istanbul prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz succumbed to his wounds last week after being held in captivity by the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C). The leftists took a picture of Kiraz with a gun to his head and threatened to kill him if their demands were not met. It is this image, which was posted on social media sites, that the Turkish courts want removed. A senior Turkish official explained, "The wife and children of prosecutor Kiraz have been deeply upset. The images are everywhere. "Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that a prosecutor was responsible for blocking the social media sites because he felt that "they were spreading terrorist propaganda." The presidential spokesman said that the court demanded that the image not be shared on any electronic platform.

Security forces stormed the building where Kiraz was held which led to the death of his two captors. Kiraz also was hit by gunfire during the rescue attempt, and did not survive.  Both Google, which owns YouTube, and Twitter said that they were working on restoring service to its users.


source: Reuters

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3. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Big respect to Google for maintaining our global freedom of expression!

30. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

@sharks "Big respect to Google for maintaining our global freedom of expression!" Really? So when Google succumbed to US Government secret court orders and national security letters demanding data on its customers, that was maintaining our global freedom of expression? Boy, you have a lot to learn...

44. RodStiffington

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

"So when Google succumbed to US Government secret court orders and national security letters demanding data on its customers, that was maintaining our global freedom of expression?" Google didn't prevent anyone from expressing themselves, so they indeed maintained our freedom and the US Government allows you that freedom. The Patriot Act our elected officials created and reauthorized gives the US Government permission to take a copy, or force Google to disclose it if they can't take it freely. Google isn't at fault. They're following the law.

6. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The government can block social media If it wants of course but isn't it overreacting and against law of freedom and all they talk about. No offense to Turkish citizens but it's a dangerous country with a lot of this kind of movement i think filtering the social media got a worse impact on and make the article more long lasting.

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Meanwhile their goverment want to be part of Europe.......

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They are part of Europe and Asia.

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I meant to join Europen Uninion....

31. gaming64 unregistered

Their government is European.

38. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

They are not in the EU.

41. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Let's hope they won't be for another 50 years. They're a backwards, islamist country.

12. fmode68

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

Killing someone by a gun and advertising it, is not "freedom of speech". Could anyone support terrorists ( Kuashi brothers for example) in Paris?

22. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

americaisreal brothers for exams ?

29. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Ye cause Turkey is known for being a tolerant democratic country. Maybe if they didn't act like total assholes towards their people they wouldn't have the extremists they have today killing people? You have a demonstration in Turkey and police ends up killing many people, Thats not nice. That actually ADVERTISES extremism.

19. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I wonder if Turkey is America's future. It wouldn't surprise me if SOPA had been sneaked into the hundreds of pages of the FCC proposal for net neutrality...

20. knsn23

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Even though I'm dissatisfied with Turkish government regarding many limitations and bans related to freedom of speech and internet, I think this was a righteous act. Youtube and Twitter should have removed the face of the prosecutor that was killed in the terrorist attack. Think of prosecutor's family and relatives!? and furthermore some parties can conceive it as a showoff organised by DHKP-C ( terrorist organisation). Translation of the first comment: "Some states doesn't want peace and reconciliaton in Turkey. Terror-related problems was almost solved and now these radical groups broke out. There are many who don't want us to develop"

28. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

So for all the millions of people you see dead online that are not neither famous, or rich or a high ranked official that no one cares to take the photo down is fine but we need to take offline two popular community sites cause of one important official? Do you realise how s**tty your way of thinking is?

23. windy

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Censoring or blocking something is not correct generally however if you censor a terrorist attack which can affect millions of young people negatively then it's justified for my point of view.

24. NorthernViking

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

They can block them both. It won't help, since people can access them with Tor Browser.

26. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Butthurt government is butthurt.

27. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Turkey, still stuck in 1500's. Nothing new from a country where a woman living in a village can be treated like shes a pig and where killing someone at a football match is the norm.

32. gaming64 unregistered

While the human race is devolving after years of stupidity and fanboyism. Not to mention racism.

33. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Don't be so ignorant. Go visit the place. It's fine. I went there early 2014 and it was great. Was just like a trip to europe and part of it was like asia with the arabic theme. Also, regarding your previous comment, Turkey has every right over what is shown and not shown in their republic. If they choose to cover that image then all the businesses operating within the sovereignty of the state must abide (yes that includes the internet in Turkey) by their rules. This includes Twitter and YouTube. This leftist silly agenda of "anything goes as it's free speech" has its limits and can't be shoved down everyone's throat. Keep that system from wherever you belong and don't just define a universal moral law based on just that. That's narrow minded thinking.

34. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

F*cking fascist.

40. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Ye as a turist is great, u see all the nice places and people. Try living there as a woman especially outside of big cities.

42. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Yeah, because visiting as a tourist for one week really reveals the problems in a society... moron...

39. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Isn't it the case freedom of speech doesn't exist and anyone says it do is a liar why insulting other people believes is freedom of speech but you can't say anything against the government itself. So why the f**k government don't ban all other s**ts on the internet like IS videos of murdering people isn't it more harmful than a politic with no one knows die somehow.

43. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Governments wouldn't be governments if they weren't violating the property rights of others, be it the Turkish or the American governments.

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