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Vimeo banned in Turkey

A screenshot of the Vimeo website
A screenshot of the Vimeo website

Vimeo, one of the world's leading video-sharing networks, has been banned in Turkey.

The ban took effect on the evening of January 8, when users [were] confronted with a message saying that "The website they are trying to reach has been restricted by the No 2014723 order of Istanbul 10th Peace Crime Court on January 8, 2014".

The order restricts standard Domain Name System (DNS) users to surf the website.

Various sources say that the access ban on Vimeo could last for a long time, as a recent draft bill on internet regulation envisions DNS-based filtering systems.

Vimeo was co-founded by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein in 2004. As one of the top 100 websites with most traffic, Vimeo lets its users share and watch videos.

Previously, Turkey's Telecommunications Administration (TIB) restricted access to the website on October 1, 2010, saying that it "had inappropriate content".

On May 5, 2008, Turkish authorities banned YouTube due to content that "insulted" Ataturk – the founder of Turkey. The ban lasted over the course of two years.

Similar bans were also issued on popular sites like Dailymotion, Myspace and Geocities.

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