from the axis-of-notube dept
It never fails. Over the past few years, a variety of government officials in different countries have freaked out about a single video on YouTube and gone on to ban the entire site. There was Brazil
, which did it first, followed by Turkey
which has gone back and forth on the YouTube ban multiple times
. Not surprisingly, China
has banned the site as well. Then there were Thailand
, as well. In the case of Pakistan, the method for blocking YouTube served to break the site across the world by effectively tricking routers across the globe into believing YouTube wasn't where it really is.
Of course, each one of these bans has done the exact opposite of its intended purpose. Every time, it's only served to draw more
interest to the video in question. So, you would think, by this point, government officials might think twice before banning an entire site over a single video. No such luck. Jay writes in to let us know that Bangladesh is the latest to ban all of YouTube
over a single video of a meeting between the Prime Minister and military officials who were unhappy about some of the Prime Minister's decisions. And, of course, now that it's making news, that video is getting a lot more attention.