Turkey Lifts Ban on YouTube Access

June 3, 2014 6:52 PM

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Turkey's telecommunications watchdog lifted a ban on YouTube on Tuesday, ending a two-month blockade that raised concerns at home and abroad that the country was creating a new model for authoritarian censorship.

Turkey's government had drawn broad criticism from traditional allies, including the U.S. and the European Union, which Ankara seeks to join, after banning Twitter Inc. on March 20 and expanding a social-media crackdown by blocking YouTube the following week.

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