Turkey blocks YouTube amid new government audio file leak

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Mar 27, 2014 01:42 PM EDT

Turkey is moving to block access to YouTube after Twitter had been recently blocked in the country. As elections are fast approaching, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working to stem the sources of information that could damage his reputation, according to VentureBeat.

A high-intelligence audio file has reportedly been leaked recently. This file involves high ranking Turkish officials planning military campaigns in Syria. Another audio leak featured an issue suggesting that Erdogan was behind the release of an opponent's sex scandal in 2010. His AKP party has been involved in a corruption scandal in recent months, Business Insider detailed.

It's been almost a month since Erdogan threatened to cut off access to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. The Twitter ban, however, proved to be unsuccessful as the social media site found an alternative way for users to post tweets, VentureBeat explained.

With YouTube blocked in Turkey, Erdogan may set his eyes next on blocking Facebook, the report added.

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