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The Turkey-Google web wars are getting more interesting. Turkey claimed that the YouTube leaks were an attempt to undermine the government. Google fired back three days later claiming that Turkey is intercepting its web domain and redirecting users to other websites. Turkey VPNs are helping people to maintain access to Google and its various services, however. Turkey VPNs are in fact responsible for a rise in activity on banned sites.
Government Threatens, Turkey VPNs Restore YouTube Access
Two days before the parliamentary elections, Turkey threatened to take action regarding the YouTube scandal. The issue revolves around an audio recording of a secret meeting of key Turkish officials. The meeting was about how Turkey could justify an attack on Syria. Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, was one of the alleged figures in the audio recording. The official stance on the recording is that it is a calculated scheme to disrupt political stability. Davutoglu likened the leak to a military attack. Davutoglu swore that Turkey would find the source and Turkish prosecutors began investigating the leak.
Prime Minister Erdogan banned YouTube when the audio file surfaced. He called the posting of the file on YouTube cowardly and immoral. He also threatened to seek out his political rivals in their hiding places. He named Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen as the ringleader. Human rights advocates and foreign governments began a fresh wave of criticism against this latest website ban. Davutoglu supported the move, claiming that the content constitutes a national security hazard. He denied the aspect of freedom of expression and stressed the government’s right to take action.
Google Accuses Turkey of Intercepting DNS, YouTube VPNs Access Uncensored Content
On the day after the Turkish elections, Google reported that their web domain or DNS was being intercepted by Turkish Internet service providers (ISPs). They then redirect user traffic to other websites. The ISPs put up servers that look like Google’s servers to lead people astray on purpose. They think they are accessing Google but in fast are viewing tampered content. Internet users quickly responded by using their Turkey VPNs to regain access to the real Google. They are seeking unadulterated, uncensored content, and strong Turkey VPNs are the tools that secure it for them. Turkey VPNs provide the strong data and traffic encryption needed to secure website access despite censorship.