Google services blocked or slowed to a crawl by Turkish government

Since Monday a lot of Internet users haven’t had access to Google services (except Gmail and Search). Just to be clear, Turkey is a country of 75 million people and is the third biggest nation on Facebook.

What we’re hearing from people on the ground is that it looked like a problem from Google’s side, but today a Turkish newspaper is reporting that TIB (the government’s telcommunications and technology department) has decided to slow down some applications run by Google such as Google Analytics and Google Maps.

TIB sent an announcement to the ISPs and asked to block some more IPs for some “legal reasons”. A Gazet report featured the announcement but there’s not been much fathonable explanation.

It’s thought the move is related to the ban on YouTube in Turkey.

We’ve reached out to Google for comment.