World Bulletin is reporting that a Turkish court has ordered a block on Blogspot.com, again. Digiturk, a satellite TV provider in Turkey, has appealed to the Turkish courts to block the platform, on the grounds that the Blogspot was hosting pirated copies of Digiturk’s Turkish football content. This means that all blogs hosted by Google’s Blogger platform are unavailable in the country. Herdict started receiving reports from users in Turkey yesterday.
Google’s Transparency report does show a slight downturn in their Turkish traffic to Blogger, although this data won’t be finalized for another day or so. Their reporting on Turkish government take-down requests states they have been 100% compliant with removals in the past, but this report lags by more than 6 months.
This is not the first time that Turkey has blocked an entire platform. Global Voices reported on their block of Blogger in 2008 when Digiturk had a similar complaint. Before that the WordPress blogging platform was also blocked.
For more information on Turkey’s blocking policies and practices, check out Yaman Akdeniz & Kerem Altıparmak’s piece, Internet: Restricted Access: A Critical Assessment of Internet Content Regulation and Censorship in Turkey. Thanks to Alper Celikel for alerting us.