China Blocks YouTube, Again

from the repeat-offender dept

Lots of headlines today about how China has blocked access to YouTube, apparently because of some videos posted by a Tibetan exile group. Of course, this isn’t the first time China’s blocked the site — it did so about a year ago, again because of videos related to Tibet. Around the same time, it also started enforcing laws against non-government owned video-sharing sites, and took action against more than 50 of them. This latest block shouldn’t be particularly surprising to anybody, but it stands as a reminder that the flow of outside information into China on the internet is like a faucet the government can shut off at any point. The only real question is when did the country lift last year’s YouTube block?

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Weird Harold (user link) says:

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It is only a question of right or wrong for us on the outside for the most part. For the average Chinese citizen, it is a non-issue.

It’s actually funny to watch western people try to impart human rights on a citizenship that isn’t all that interested in it. China works in it’s own way, it really does work. Just because they are different than us does not make them wrong (except to your eyes and standards).

Michael Lambert says:

Dear simple-minded, close-minded Mattyk,

Just because the United States has a bad president, such as under President Bush, does not mean everyone in the United States is bad! The same with China. Do you get it yet? People are people! Some good; some bad. Everywhere it’s the same! People are people. Again, do you get it yet??? You don’t disown a whole family because one member is bad!

Dear Sparkle,

If California did not want to be part of the United States, would the United States let California leave? I would hope so. If Tibet or Taiwan or Hong Kong or even Beijing, does not want to be part of China, will China let them leave? Of course Tibet is not part of China – simply because it does not want to be!

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