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YouTube Gets Disconnected in China

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on March 26, 2009

youtube_logoSocial media is all about user-generated information and knowledge sharing. But sometimes giving leeway to the users can create problems for your site. One such example is of YouTube, which has been banned in China over protests in Tibet. The Google-owned video sharing site is identifying a way out of this problem, not knowing the exact cause of the ban.

China, which recorded 298 million Internet users at the end of last year, had blocked YouTube temporarily last March as well, following the biggest Tibetan protests in 20 years. It is known that the site had also been blocked in few other nations like Indonesia, Thailand and Turkey over certain controversial issues.

The Chinese government is stringent towards managing the Internet, and has banned several content and sites it found profane for its users or against its law. The current ban on YouTube is believed to have taken place due to video images of Chinese police beating Tibetans, which were uploaded on the site. Though there has been no official confirmation yet from China over the ban, it has been learnt that the video was released by the Tibetan ‘government-in-exile’, which quickly found a place on the site and has been freely accessible in China from the time when Beijing Olympics took place in August 2008.

However, nothing has been confirmed yet, and YouTube is working on the issue to get it sorted out as soon as possible. The site has faced problems with the Chinese law earlier as well, and hopes the situation doesn’t get worse from here.

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