Thailand The Latest Country To Ban Entire YouTube Over Single Video
from the overreact-much? dept
In a story that sounds nearly identical to Turkey’s decision to ban all of YouTube after some annoying kids made a prank video making fun of the country’s founder, the Thai government has now banned all of YouTube as well, due to an equally silly video making fun of the country’s King. Thailand’s minister of information and technology said that the people behind YouTube “are abusing their rights and clearly don’t mean well for the country.” For someone who’s in charge of information and technology, you’d think he’d understand that that problem isn’t with YouTube — but with those creating and uploading the video. Also, of course, for a country that’s so worried about some silly video offending its king, they just got some prankster’s video a ton of press all over the world when it otherwise would have been ignored. So, let’s sum up the results: people in Thailand no longer have access to the rest of YouTube thanks to one pointless video. The video itself is probably available in a bunch of other places for folks in Thailand to see if they want it. At the same time, lots of other people are now getting to see this video (which is still on YouTube) thanks to all the press hype this has caused. None of this, you’ll note, does anything to protect the reputation of the King or help the people of Thailand, which is supposedly why they did it. So what’s the point again?