Google services blocked or slowed to a crawl by Turkish government

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Since Monday a lot of Internet users haven’t had access to Google services (except Gmail and Search). Just to be clear, Turkey is a country of 75 million people and is the third biggest nation on Facebook.

What we’re hearing from people on the ground is that it looked like a problem from Google’s side, but today a Turkish newspaper is reporting that TIB (the government’s telcommunications and technology department) has decided to slow down some applications run by Google such as Google Analytics and Google Maps.

TIB sent an announcement to the ISPs and asked to block some more IPs for some “legal reasons”. A Gazet report featured the announcement but there’s not been much fathonable explanation.

It’s thought the move is related to the ban on YouTube in Turkey.

We’ve reached out to Google for comment.

  • http://ilterkalkanci.net Ilter

    Nobody “slowed down” anything.

    YouTube has and had been blocked by Turkish officials for sometime now.

    The regular DNS blocking has been replaced with IP blocking lately. That’s when the story goes even weirder and wrong… the initial report suggests, that Google has changed its IP range, “moving” some of its stuff to “YouTube IP range”. That’s how it seems blocked.
    Some Google services like Analytics, Labs etc. are affected.
    No `slow down`. A complete blocking.

  • http://www.kgulpinar.com Koray Gülpınar

    Tib made a big mistake.

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  • Michael

    And these guys want to the join the E.U.?

    • http://ilterkalkanci.net Ilter

      You are very to the point Michael…
      This is EXACTLY about Turkey joining the EU.
      Kudos to you :*

      • zeynep

        I don’t know if you are joking or not but I think Michael is right.

        Now in Turkey, YouTube and 6000+ websites are blocked. Most of people couldn’t have been watching video on the Internet for about 4 years. This is just like (if the regulation goes implemented, I’m sure it will…) enclosure of one of the the biggest sports club “Efes Pilsen Spor Kulübü” just because Efes Pilsen is a beer mark.

      • http://ilterkalkanci.net Ilter

        Although it’s hard to find a proper comparison in this case, banned websites is not the sign of a monarchy. Germany has banned many websites to date, and noone says it’s over.
        This does not mean I approve what’s been done (banning YouTube or any other site which depends on user generated content).

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  • whatever

    so far they’re asking ~$19mil from youtube to remove this ban. stupid is stupid.

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