This video explains why YouTube has been blocked in these 10 countries (at some point)

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There are a number of countries that have blocked YouTube. These countries are Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Libya, Thailand, Turkmenistan, China, North Korea, Iran, and Pakistan. This handy little 3-minute video explains why the popular video site was blocked in these countries at some point:

Do note that YouTube is not currently blocked in all of these countries, but the site was blocked in these places at one point in time. Some have very valid reasons and some very questionable ones (Some instances are YouTube preemptively blocking videos!).  What I do know, however, is that every country with full access to cat videos is a better country because of it. Nobody should be deprived of things like this.

[via Kotaku]

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  1. Eva

    That article header is *really* misleading, or rather factually wrong. If you actually watched that video, you would have seen that several of the bans mentioned were temporal, ended at some point, or affect(ed) only certain content, while your wording makes it sound as if all of Youtube is currently completely banned in all of these countries by governmental order or whatever, and that is simply not true (and it’s not clear in the video either). I’m German, and I can view both the video about the bans and the cat video without any problems.

    The German blocks in particular are indeed extensive and due to an argument about property rights, but it’s Youtube that is blocking the videos preemptively in order to avoid conflict with the property rights organisation. While the whole situation is annoying and the property rights organisation is notorious for making daycares pay royalties for singing songs at Christmas parties, it’s not an act of censorship by the German government or anything of that sort. Equating this situation with the one in, say, North Korea, is absurd. This is about business interests running rampant, not suppressing freedom of opinion.

    In conclusion: If a Youtube video is the whole content of an article, it would a) be helpful if the summary was a bit more accurate, and b) if you’d look a bit behind that video and research whether its information is complete and accurate.