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Google Removes Images To Avoid Being Banned in Turkey

According to the news from Domain Forum of China on April 8th and, Turkey had threatened to ban Google unless it removed links to images of a an Istanbul courthouse where a Turkish prosecutor was taken hostage. Google apparently has removed the image and therefore no ban took place. Other social networks were also required to remove the image and several networks saw brief outages.

From the article:

Turkey threatened to ban Google unless it removed links to images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint.

The images were taken last week in a siege at an Istanbul courthouse when two gunmen took the prosecutor hostage. All three died during a rescue attempt.

The threatened ban on Google was lifted after the search giant removed links to sites hosting the pictures.

Turkish authorities briefly cut off several social networks in a bid to stop images circulating.

Wide circulation

On 6 April, a Turkish court ordered the country’s net providers to cut off access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and more than 160 other sites that were letting people share the controversial images.

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