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Courts orders YouTube ban in Turkey to be lifted

A court has lifted the ban on YouTube in Turkey but 15 videos will continue to be blocked, Ankara court documents show.

Officials in Turkey had banned the video sharing site amid a 'national security issue'. Credit: Reuters

Officials had blocked access to the site as a "precaution" after voice recordings purportedly of senior officials discussing a potential operation in Syria were posted on the video-sharing website.

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YouTube 'inaccessible' inside Turkey

Twitter users inside Turkey have been expressing their frustration at the reported YouTube ban.

More: Google looking into reports of YouTube ban in Turkey

Google looking into reports of YouTube ban in Turkey

Google said it was looking into reports that users in Turkey are unable to access YouTube. IN a statement, it said there was "no technical issue" on their side, and that they were looking into the problem.

We're seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Turkey. There is no technical issue on our side and we're looking into the situation.

Read: Turkey 'bans YouTube amid national security issue'

Turkey 'bans YouTube amid national security issue'

Turkey has blocked access to YouTube as a "precaution" officials said, after voice recordings purportedly of senior officials discussing a potential operation in Syria created a "national security issue", a source at the prime minister's office told Reuters.

The source said Turkey was in talks with YouTube and may lift the ban if the content was removed.

The comes less than a week after the Turkish prime minister blocked access to Twitter after vowing to "eradicate" the social media site.

A man tries to connect to YouTube in a cafe in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened to ban Facebook and Youtube earlier in the month after wiretapped audio recordings linking him to allegations of corruption damaged the government's reputation ahead of local elections.

Read: Turkish PM vows to 'eradicate Twitter' in latest clampdown

Mr Erdogan insists the recordings, widely shared on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, were fabrications.

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Turkey could ban Facebook and YouTube

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has said the nation could ban Facebook and YouTube, which he says have been abused by his political enemies, after local elections on March 30.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: Depo Photos/ABACA/Press Association Images

Erdogan is locked in a power struggle with the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who he says is behind a stream of "fabricated" audio recordings posted on the internet allegedly revealing corruption in his inner circle.

"We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook," Erdogan said.

He added that the possible barring of these sites was included in his planned measures.

British spies 'able to snoop on YouTube and Facebook'

British intelligence agencies have the capacity to monitor social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube by tapping into the cables carrying the world's internet traffic, according to documents obtained by NBC News.

The documents, reportedly taken from the US National Security Agency by whistleblower Edward Snowden, show British spies demonstrated a pilot programme to their US counterparts in 2012.

The programme, called "Squeaky Dolphin", was able to monitor YouTube in real time, collect addresses and some other user information.

According to the “Psychology A New Kind of SIGDEV [Signals Development] presentation, the Government was also able to take part in “broad real-time monitoring of online activity” of URLs “liked” on Facebook, Blogspot/Blogger visits and Twitter.

Man jailed for posting 'inflammatory' YouTube videos

A man who admitted posting online footage of himself dressed in a Ku Klux Klan costume to stir up racial hatred has been jailed for 12 months.

Christopher Philips appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court today, after previously pleading guilty to appearing in three YouTube videos last year showing him wearing the klansman outfit, and posing with a life-sized golliwog doll at a far-right gathering.

Sentencing Philips, formerly known as Darren Clifft, Judge John Warner told him: "It does not require advanced education or knowledge of history to know what you were seeking to convey might cause offence."

He added the publication of the videos by Philips, who has Asperger's, would obviously be "thoroughly offensive" or "highly inflammatory", leaving him with no choice but to jail the 24-year-old.

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