When users in Turkey attempt to access groups.google.com they see this announcement: “Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2008/15 of T.C. Silivri 2nd Civil Court of First Instance.”
Google Groups, a sub-domain of search engine giant Google, was blocked by the order of a court in western Turkey. The page says the court decision was taken on March 14, but no explanation for the ban was listed. Google Groups is a cost-free usenet service provided by Google that allows users to share news and mail. Users can find groups according to their interests and share ideas in mails which can be seen by all group members. People can also establish their own groups in the system.
Experts say users can overcome the ban by following some simple steps. Turkey in March blocked access to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube in response to a video clip allegedly insulting the country’s founding father. After YouTube removed several video clips deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and requested Turkish authorities to grant access to the video-sharing Web site, access to the site was restored at the end of March.