Access to Twitter (TWTR.N) and video-sharing website YouTube (GOOGL.O) were blocked in Turkey on Monday following a court decision based on complaints from individuals, a source in Turkey’s telecoms industry said.
Turkey temporarily blocked Twitter and YouTube in the run-up to local elections in March 2014, after audio recordings purportedly showing corruption in then-Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s inner circle were leaked on their sites. That decision caused a public uproar and drew heavy international criticism.
Turkey’s telecoms regulator could not immediately be reached for comment and there was no statement on its website.
The blocks come less than a week after an Istanbul prosecutor died after security forces stormed the office where members of a far-left group had taken him hostage.
Several Turkish newspapers said that the blocks came after photos of the prosecutor being held at gunpoint were circulated on social media while the siege was ongoing.