The Turkish government has officially blocked access to Reddit. Users first reported last night that they were unable to access the social media site, and as of Saturday the ban still appears to be in effect. It’s not clear how long the block will remain in effect. Reports theverge.com
An official government site confirms the ban with a generic message that reads, “After technical analysis and legal consideration … administration measure has been taken for this website.” The note is dated November 13th.
According to the statement, Reddit was taken down under Turkey’s controversial internet censorship law, known as Internet Law No. 5651. Under the law, Turkish Supreme Council for Telecommunications and IT (TIB) can ban websites and block internet content for a handful of reasons, including anything involved with pornography, prostitution, drugs, terrorism, illegal file sharing, sexual abuse of children, and “crimes against” Mustafa Atatürk, the first president of Turkey. The TIB doesn’t require court authorization to ban sites on these grounds, and it can do so even if it has just a “suspicion” that such activities are occurring. Read more