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?

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    LackOfRespect, 4 Apr 2007 @ 10:38pm

    The problem is YouTube's lack of respect for what is held sacred by another country. The King of Thailand is viewed as a deity........as such it would be tantamount to a video degrading Jesus Christ............. how would the West view that? Well, that's exactly how the Thais feel. I'm sure YouTube would be willing to remove videos degrading Jesus of Black people because it operates on the West perspective only..............YouTube stands up to some things but backs off on other things.............YouTube is inconsistent and inconsiderate. Either leave everything up or remove the things majorly offensive................ Seriously, Western world how long would a video making fun of Black people or Jesus Christ stay up? You know the answer............Why can't you feel other people's perspective. I lost all respect for Google!

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