Turkey has banned YouTube after insults to the Turkish nation and the nation’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk appeared on the site.
The Turkish press report there has been a “virtual war” taking place on the site between some Greeks and Turks, with both sides posting insulting video clips about each other.
The final straw for a Turkish court however was when clips appeared describing Ataturk and Turks generally as homosexuals.
Turkish law says that “insulting” Ataturk or “Turkishness” in general is an offence.
After complaints were made about the video clips, they were removed by YouTube. But that wasn’t enough for the Turkish court, which has now ordered that YouTube be blocked to its citizens.
Turkish YouTube enthusiasts trying to access the site are now greeted with a message saying the site is now out of bounds because of the court order.
In a separate development, the French government is set to adopt new laws that make it an offence to post violent video clips on websites.
The law is supposed to cover instances of “happy slapping” filmed using mobile phones, but there are fears such laws will limit so-called “citizen journalism”, which could include scenes of alleged police brutality or other clips in the public interest.