Saturday, 30 April 2011

Turkish Government Issues List of Banned Words in Domain Names

The Turkish Telecommunications Directorate has sent internet service providers in the country a list of words it says are banned in domain names. Any existing websites which use these words in their domain names should be shut down, it says. ISPs have been threatened with punishment if they do not comply with the directive, even though it is not clear what the legal basis for the directive is. It is estimated that tens of thousands of Turkish websites could be forced to close if the instructions are implemented.

The effect of the TİB’s request could see the closure of many websites that include a number of words. For example, the website “” ( could be banned because the domain name has the word “animal” in it; likewise, “,” ( could be closed down because of the word “anal.” Websites will also be forbidden from using the number 31 in their domain names because it is slang for male masturbation.

Some banned English words include “beat,” “escort,” “homemade,” “hot,” “nubile,” “free” and “teen.” Some other English words would also be banned because of their meanings in Turkish: “pic,” short for picture, is banned because it means “bastard” in Turkish. The past tense of the verb “get” is also banned because “got” means “butt” in Turkish. Haydar, a very common Alevi name for men, is also banned because it means penis in slang.

“Gay” and its Turkish pronunciation, “gey;” “çıplak” (naked); “itiraf” (confession); “liseli” (high school student); “nefes” (breath) and “yasak” (forbidden) are some of the other banned words.


1 comment:

  1. But.. think of the children! :)