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YouTube files legal complaint against Turkey against social media ban

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April 8
8:16 AM 2014

YouTube has officially submitted a complaint to the Turkish Constitutional Court against the ban that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan implemented against the site. The video-sharing platform is being represented by Gonenc Gurkaynak, who also represented Twitter during a similar case, according to VentureBeat.

On March 7, Prime Minister Erdogan had threatened to shut down social media in Turkey and declared: "We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook."

On March 27, the country's Telecommunications Authority implemented a ban against YouTube without procuring a court order. The order came after a security meeting about Syria was leaked through the site, the report explained.

A week before YouTube was shut down in Turkey, Twitter had already been banned. However, the ban was later lifted after being declared unconstitutional. Now, YouTube is seeking to cancel the ban under the grounds of violation of freedom of speech. Turkey's local court said the ban would stay put until the leaked government content will be removed from YouTube, VentureBeat reported.

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