Turkey Bans YouTube

Poor, poor Turkey.

According to a recent article, Turkish authorities have been said to try blocking YouTube in their country, something they have also done with Twitter.

Apparently, “the ban comes after an alleged audio recording of a meeting between the Turkey’s foreign minister, intelligence chief and top military and foreign ministry officials was leaked on YouTube”. How crazy! I knew that government secrets got leaked, but not onto places YouTube. To me, whoever leaked this was dumb. Clearly, once the government received information about this, they were going to take extreme actions.

The “crackdown” on Twitter came as a result “after links to other wiretapped recordings suggesting corruption were spread on the microblogging site”.

What I really cannot seem to understand is what people are thinking when they post things on sites such as Twitter or YouTube or any type of social media. You are posting something for everyone to see. People posting on these different governmental issues must know at the time that these things will, 1 be taken down immediately, and 2 have the sites shut down.

I have very strong views on social media. I really do feel that some people are just stupid when it comes to the things that they post, even people my own age at Rutgers. Every single thing that you do does not need to be documented. People can also become quite inappropriate with the things that they post, not realizing what could happen in their future.


3 comments on “Turkey Bans YouTube

  1. I definitely agree with you that people are very immature and careless about what they post on social media. I want to think that people at our age would be careful about posting inappropriate things, but they really don’t give it much thought. It’s a lot harder to get a job once you’ve shown the internet your unprofessional side.

  2. I don’t really see how blocking YouTube would prevent this sort of thing from happening again in the future. There are many other platforms for people to upload content if they want others to see it.

  3. This isn’t the first country to be blocking social networking or any form of communication. In Saudi Arabia, GoSMS is blocked, because the creators of GoSMS didn’t want the Arabian Government monitoring everything thats being sent.

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