Monday, April 6, 2015

Turkey and the banning of images

The Turkish government blocked over 100 Twitter and YouTube sites which shared images of a hostage taking situation that ended in death during an armed siege. The government also blocked newspapers printing the images. The government calls proliferation of the images "terrorist propaganda". A prosecutor and two armed gunmen all died. The two were considered members of a terrorist group, DHKP-C. This is not the first time Turkey has blocked social media sites sharing information the government does not want shared. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32194915

Following removal of the images, Turkey allowed the sites to function again. However,  they separately threatened to block Google if it did not remove the same images. Google removed the images. Google has decided it is better to exist in some form than in no form at all in certain countries. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32194913

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