Constitutional Court, Akdeniz, Altiparmak + YouTube LLC, Tanrikulu, Feyzioglu, Tanal, Bedirhanoglu v Presidency of Telecommunications and Communication (TIB), No. 2014/4705

Document type
Court Decision
The Turkish Constitutional Court decided that TIB's blocking of the video sharing platform YouTube was unlawful and should have been be lifted as it violated Article 26 of the Turkish Constitution (freedom of expression) and individual rights. The decision followed a petition promoted by a number of legal scholars, Youtube, and civil rights activists. Akdeniz and Altıparmak drafted the petition stressing that the YouTube access ban not only obstructed freedom of expression, but also curtailed people's right to obtain information..
Topic, claim, or defense
Freedom of Expression
Document type
Court Decision
Issuing entity
Highest Domestic/National (including State) Court
Type of service provider
Host (Including Social Networks)
OSP obligation considered
Block or Remove
Type of law
General effect on immunity
Strengthens Immunity