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YouTube banned in Turkey following court order

YouTube, the popular video-sharing web site from Google was banned in Turkey afetr an Istanbul court oder, over a video deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. The ban followed a week of what the media in Turkey dubbed a "virtual war" of videos between Greeks and Turks on YouTube and came as governments around the world | including France | grappled with the freewheeling content now readily posted on the Internet.

The largest Internet provider in Turkey, Turk Telecom, immediately complied with the ban and cut off access to the site. Visitors to the site in Turkey on Wednesday afternoon were greeted with the message first in Turkish and then in English: "Access to site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court."

In a written statement, YouTube said they were working to prevent the offensive video from ever re-appearing on their site, noting that they regretted the court decision despite the fact that they had removed it.The statement said, We, as YouTube, always try to be careful on such sensitive matters. YouTube faced a court-ordered national ban in Brazil for several days in January after footage of a model cavorting in the sea with her lover kept reappearing on the site.

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