07 Apr '15, 5pm
Google Removes Images To Avoid Being Banned in Turkey
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.