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Turkey imposed indefinite ban on Google services

Turkey has imposed an “indefinite ban on Internet search engine Google and many of its services” citing “legal” reasons. Turkey’s Telecommunications Presidency said “it has banned access to many of Google IP addresses without assigning clear reasons. The statement didn’t confirm if the ban is temporary or permanent. Some Google services will be completely inaccessible or will take a long time to load, the statement said.”

Google’s translation and document sharing sites have also been banned indefinitely along with YouTube and Facebook in the country. Other services such as AppEngine, FeedBurner, Analytics etc have also been reportedly banned. The banned IP addresses include translate.google.com, books.google.com, Google-analytics.com, tools.google.com and docs.google.com.

YouTube was banned in 2008 for alleged insults against Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

When the services are accessed, Turkey ISPs redirect users with a message that says “access to this site is banned by court order” without giving further details.

Maybe it’s time Google rolls out their “service availabiliy” page for other countries than just China?