YouTube blocks UK... then China blocks YouTube: diplomatic mess
China and YouTubeFor those who have been entirely unaware of the freedom movement in China, let me tell you now - it's a tricky one. China has once again blocked access to YouTube, due to videos emerging of soldiers attacking Tibetan nationals.
This is part of a long history of China blocking and repressing anti-government or politically unacceptable material.
The Chinese government has been widely quoted as "not afraid of the Internet" by Reuters; if anything quite the opposite. They are confident in their ways of blocking sites and blogs which fail to support or endorse the government's ways.
"[The deal] is like asking a consumer to buy an unmarked CD without knowing which musicians are on it."
This has led to "premium" videos of artists, such as those connected to the Performing Rights Society, to be blocked to anyone from the United Kingdom, yet still accessible via other international IP addresses... except China, as previously mentioned.
Is YouTube a diplomatic force to be reckoned with? Where is the line between private companies and governments? Why do I keep asking unanswerable questions at the end of my posts recently? Hmm...