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China Blocks YouTube After Videos of Tibet Protests Are Posted

BEIJING (AP) — Internet users in China were blocked from seeing YouTube.com on Sunday after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared on the popular American video Web site. The blocking added to the Communist government's efforts to control what the public saw and heard about protests that erupted Friday in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, against Chinese rule. Access to YouTube.com, usually readily available in China, was blocked after videos appeared on the site Saturday showing foreign news reports about the Lhasa demonstrations, montages of photos and scenes from Tibet-related protests abroad.

There were no protest scenes posted on China-based video Web sites like as 56.com, youku.com and tudou.com. The Chinese government has not commented on its move to prevent access to YouTube. Internet users trying to call up the Web site were presented with a blank screen. Chinese leaders encourage Internet use for education and business but use online filters to block access to material considered subversive or pornographic. Foreign Web sites run by news organizations and human rights groups are regularly blocked if they carry disapproved information. Operators of China-based online bulletin boards are required to monitor their content and enforce censorship. China has at least 210 million Internet users, according to the government, and is expected to overtake the United States soon to have the biggest population of Web users. Beijing tightened controls on online video with rules that took effect Jan. 30 and limited video-sharing to state-owned companies.

Regulators backtracked a week later, apparently worried they might disrupt a growing industry, and said private companies that were already operating legally could continue. They said any new competitors would be bound by the more stringent restrictions.

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that is rubish you must have fredom of speech and what the government is doing is unaceptebel

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that is rubish you must have fredom of speech and what the government is doing is unaceptebel

Freedom of speech is not a fact in every part of the world... And even when it is, it's still relative.

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Communism, isn't it fun?

The only way communism ever can or will work is by making the whole world communistic, which is not going to happen in any near future(probably some thousands of years) :rolleyes:

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