Turkish internet users aren’t having a good month, thanks to their government’s attempts at web censorship. Twitter was blocked earlier this month, and now YouTube has been blocked by the Turkish telecoms authority TIB. In both cases, the reason is the same: a covert recording claiming to be of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussing corruption with his son, which has been watched millions of times on YouTube, and linked to just as much from Twitter. YouTube refused to remove the video, and now it has been blocked. Obviously, there are much bigger issues here than ‘what does it mean for the music industry?’, but news of the block did also make us think of MÜ-YAP, the Turkish music industry channel that’s become one of the most popular YouTube channels in the world. While its popularity has fallen from its peak last year, the channel still generated 103.1m video views in February, and has 2.8m subscribers. Some of that will be music fans with Turkish roots around the world, but the channel’s traffic is likely to fall drastically if the YouTube ban lasts. But as we said, that’s a minor issue in the scheme of things, in this case.

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