YouTube Blocked in…Thailand

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March 11, 2007 — 01:06 AM PST — by Pete Cashmore

Nope,
not Turkey this time. Not Brazil either. From this Friday to late
Saturday afternoon, YouTube fans in Thailand found the site redirecting
to MICT
, the government agency responsible for Internet censorship in
that country.
Some users could gain access at one point by excluding
the “www.”, and later the entire site was restored. Thailand has been
known to censor TV and websites it deems offensive – when controversy
arises over a blocked site, it is often reinstated, say Thai bloggers.

No reason was given for the block, although there’s speculation
that the ban may be related to clips from a CNN interview that features
Thailand’s ex-Prime Minister Thaksin – Thaksin was ousted by the Thai
military and the regime isn’t happy about Thaksin getting media
exposure.

To celebrate the bizarre actions of governments and judges around the world, Mashable will award a free cookie if you can guess the next country or state to block its citizens from accessing YouTube. For no particular reason, I call Belgium.

Related: Turkey Blocks YouTube, Brazil Blocks YouTube


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5 Comments

  1. hmmm I’m calling Cuba on this one…or may be Iran

  2. Algeria. Or Pakistan. I imagine it’s already blocked in Myanmar/Burma, and Zimbabwe.

  3. Vietnam!

  4. Chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin. Makes a huge difference! Anyways, my guess is Hong Kong.

  5. Do you mean an edible cookie or a web browser cookie?

    I vote for Vietnam.

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