According to the initial data from real time Google traffic report, the Turkey’s global share of YouTube traffic dropped from about 48 percent to 23 percent between 5 p.m to 7 p.m Turkish time. Normally traffic drops to this magnitude only after 11 p.m.
This drop in Turkish traffic to YouTube came shortly after Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan went it ahead and blocked YouTube access in Turkey over two videos that have been circulating on YouTube where Turkish officials are seen discussing security issues related to Syria. YouTube had been living under the shadow of a possible blockade for many weeks and Turkish government has finally took the final step and banned YouTube in Turkey.
Turkish internet users have been using different bypass methods to access YouTube, the most popular of which is VPN (Virtual Private Network).
According to data from ComScore Inc, YouTube is one of the most popular internet websites in Turkey and had 20 million unique visitors in February and 78 percent Turkish desktop users visit YouTube in Turkey.