YouTube opens Turkish site, giving government more control

Turkey said on Tuesday it had won a long-running battle to persuade the video-sharing website YouTube to operate under a Turkish web domain, giving Ankara a tighter rein over the site’s content and requiring the firm to pay Turkish taxes.Turkey, which banned the popular website for more than two years in 2008, has long come under international criticism for its restrictive internet laws and over the EU-candidate’s record on freedom of expression. see:YouTube cedes to Turkey and uses local Web domain
Turkey and YouTube have a checkered past, so today’s news isn’t a big surprise — the video-sharing site will now operate under a local Web domain — “” — and be subject to the country’s content regulations and taxes.According to Reuters, Turkey had been working to get YouTube to agree to this set-up for some time.

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