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China Blocks All of YouTube, Again

For the last four days, YouTube has been unavailable in China. While Google has not been given any official reason for the blockage and users are receiving bog standard ‘server is taking too long to respond,’ messages it’s believed the government blocked the site because of videos showing Chinese police beating a Tibetan monk with batons.

This is not the first time China has blocked access to Google’s video sharing site. In March of 2008 the country blocked both YouTube and Google News during the riots in Tibet.

ComputerWorld reports, citing the WSJ, that a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry said the government had "taken up management of the [YouTube] network according to the laws."

Google spokesman told the UK’s BBC that the site was working to restore access for its Chinese users. "We don't know the reason for the block and are working to restore access to users in China as quickly as possible," said spokesperson Scott Rubin.

  • grieve
    Communism… Would you expect anything less?
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  • AdamB5000
    How long until the Government here in the U.S. finally gets their way and begins regulating the internet? They've spoken about it. The last thing we need is the FCC regulating what we can and cannot access (and say/type) on the internet.

    It's a shame this happens in China and it'd be a shame if it happened here.
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  • Ephebus
    Doesn't need to be a communist country...

    Last year, here in Brazil, a judge ordered ISP's to block all access to YouTube because a famous TV artist (Daniela Cicarelli) had been caught on video having sex with her boyfriend in a private beach and the video was published in YouTube. After the artist filed a legal complaint against YouTube, the judge understood that while the video wasn't removed from the site, then all the site should be made inaccessible. Pathetic, but true.

    The video can be easily found all over the net, anyway... :D
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  • cruiseoveride
    So whos got links to this beating and this sexing?

    Lets see what all the fuss is about.
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  • NuclearShadow
    In all honesty you can't censor the internet. With so much new content coming up every day it would be impossible to review and accept in a timely manner. So the only method is to restrict the "offending" websites access which of course wouldn't help because to counter the censorship people would only make new sites displaying the same content that got it banned in the first place. Take down that site and another one will just pop up if not several.

    Censorship also only causes a reverse effect anyways and only fuel the desire of the people to see the censored content. The whole thing backfires in the end. I wonder how many Chinese people are secretly watching the video right now.
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  • Ephebus
    Oh, you may add to that the recent Wikipedia censorship by UK ISP's, after UK's Internet Watch Foundation blacklisted a page about Scorpions 1976 "Virgin Killer" album because its original controversial cover is showed in the article:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Killer#Internet_censorship
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  • Ephebus
    cruiseoverideSo whos got links to this beating and this sexing?Lets see what all the fuss is about.
    Here's an edited version of the video with background music and Spanish text (we speak Portuguese in Brazil, so this must have been made somewhere else):

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=895346133329025559&hl=en
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  • Let them block you utube. Actually, block the internet to all of China. Who wants to look at Chinese websites anyways?????
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  • Ephebus
    TFG1007Let them block you utube. Actually, block the internet to all of China. Who wants to look at Chinese websites anyways?????
    That's not the point. It's like AdamB5000 posted - how long before other governments start censoring the net? It seems that in Australia there's a proposal to ban access to any sites considered pornographic:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_Australia
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  • sacre
    Well, i'll be one to say I cannot let this happen. If Canada decides to do this same thing, i'll be the first to Grab everyone I know and tell them what this means. A place that is neutral, allows everyone to access what they want when they want will be restricted as if they knew what was good for us. We want our free rights, and the right to search WHAT we want on the Internet WE PAY FOR should be free for as long as the internet exists. I just wish Protesting would mean more, unfortunately in ALL countries.. protesting doesn't mean a damn thing. They never actually change their minds completely because of protesting, they just "offer" a new idea that still fulfills their original idea.

    This cannot be done. When a Government has too much power, things go down hill. Democracy is beginning to look like this.

    We say "Don't go to Iraq, there is no need" Nothing changes at all. Regardless of what the population wants, things will be done.
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