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Gangnam Style hits two billion views on YouTube

It is two billion and counting for Psy and his irrepressible Gangnam Style. The South Korean pop star's surprise hit has become the first YouTube video to surpass two billion views.

The unlikely viral star holds the record for most overall views and most views in a day with 38 million for his Gangnam Style follow-up Gentleman.

No other video comes close to Gangnam on the streaming service's list of top videos. Justin Bieber's Baby is the only other billion-plus video at 1.04 billion views.

Cute kid video Charlie Bit My Finger - Again! is a distant third with 711 million views.

Read: YouTube's most watched and top trending videos in 2013 revealed

Turkish court rules YouTube block is violation of rights

The constitutional court in Turkey has ruled that a block on access to YouTube is a violation of rights, local media have reported. The block was imposed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government two months ago.

Turkey blocked access to YouTube as a "precaution" officials said. Credit: Reuters

Blocks on access to YouTube and Twitter were imposed after audio recordings, purportedly revealing corruption in Erdogan's inner circle, were leaked on the sites. The block on access to Twitter was lifted in April.


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.


YouTube 'inaccessible' inside Turkey

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

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.

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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