Google Doesn't Want To Disclose Korean YouTube Uploaders; Turns Feature Off Instead

from the letter,-not-the-spirit dept

Some new internet regulations recently went into effect in South Korea, forcing sites with more than 100,000 users per day to confirm users' personal information before they upload content or leave comments, so they can ensure people post content under their real names. The cutoff was lowered from sites with 300,000 daily users, and the new, lower bar caught YouTube Korea. But instead of complying with the system, Google has instead disabled uploading and comments on its Korean site (via PaidContent). Google's stance on censorship of its search results in China garnered it a lot of bad press; the fact that YouTube Korea lags behind other local video sites in popularity probably made this latest decision a bit easier. Apparently, though, people can easily get around the ban by using versions of YouTube aimed at other countries -- highlighting the frivolity of these sorts of laws given the global nature of the internet. Unless countries want to go as far as setting up Great Firewalls of their own, users will easily circumvent the rules, should they so desire.
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  1. identicon
    aguywhoneedstenbucks, 13 Apr 2009 @ 12:52pm

    Re: Hmmm

    I don't know that it was necessarily a flame. I agree that they shouldn't make the rules in the first place. Personally I'm of the belief that to have truly free speech you need anonymous speech and that freedom of speech is a basic human right. There are a few people out there with balls who will tell exactly who they are and state their point (I'd venture to say mostly people with very little to lose), but some people can't without endangering their livelihoods or way of life. So they speak anonymously. To force everyone to post using their real name is cowardly because it just gives the government a way to go after people it doesn't agree with even if they've done nothing 'illegal'.

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