To ban or not to ban, that is the question that some countries ask themselves (at least those who are in the corridors of power) when it comes to retaining the online services in the vein of Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. In the case of Turkey, YouTube was banned after leaked recordings of official meetings appeared on the online video sharing site, but in what would seem to be a decision in favor of the freedom of information, the nation’s highest court ruled that access to YouTube should be restored.
This comes across a couple of months after a block on YouTube was imposed. Telecom authorities are being informed of the court’s decision in order to lift the banhammer from YouTube, and is also interpreted by many to be a snub to the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has clearly had some very strong words against social media sites, YouTube and Twitter included.
Twitter’s ban in Turkey was lifted in April, leaving YouTube as the only one left to “get out of jail”. Well, I guess all of that waiting is about to come to an end, and our friends over in Turkey will be able to enjoy watching cat videos as well as catch up on all those episodes of Honest Trailers after a two month hiatus.