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Several days after the Turkish Constitutional Court ruled the blocking of YouTube to be unconstitutional, it looks like the block has been removed.
YouTube said that they are getting reports from users that they are once again able to access the site. YouTube was blocked since May 2008.
Long after the blocking of Twitter was ruled unconstitutional, they have similarly ruled that blocking YouTube over the last two months was similarly unconstitutional. The formal ruling and orders to remove the blocking should be forthcoming soon.
This decision by the country’s top court bolsters rulings by lower courts which have been ignored by the government of Prime Minister Erdogan.
All this censorship is an attempt to suppress criticism of the government generally and Erdogan and his allies specifically.
In their continuing effort to suppress discussion of corruption in the Turkish government, they have extended their censorship efforts from blocking Twitter to blocking Youtube. This appears to be in response to Google’s refusal to remove “offending” videos.
Reports suggest that the blocking is not completely effective. If you are in Turkey and being blocked, Anonymizer Universal is able to bypass the censorship. Our two week trial provides a quick solution.
YouTube’s anti piracy filters automatically blocked the authorized video of First Lady Michelle Obama’s convention speech as infringing.
Evidently the algorithm automatically looks for content that matches content from their commercial partners. Since all the networks were re-broadcasting the convention speech, it got flagged. This is not the first time this has happened.
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It looks like it is easy to find thumbnail images from YouTube videos that have been marked private.
If you have any such videos, go back and check that you are comfortable with the information in the thumbnails being public, or delete the video completely.