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Turkish court part lifts YouTube ban

A Turkish court has ruled that a blanket ban of YouTube violated human rights and ordered most of the restrictions be lifted, citing a supreme court ruling this week that scrapped a similar ban on microblogging site Twitter.

The state telecoms authority on March 27th blocked access to YouTube, Google’s video-sharing site, after anonymously leaked audio recordings appeared there purportedly of senior officials discussing a possible attack on Syria ahead of an election.

Access to Twitter had been similarly barred until the Constitutional Court ruled that had violated the law. The court in the capital Ankara said the YouTube ban was too broad and instead specifically blocked access to 15 videos.

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