Global Voices, CNet Asia, and Shanghaiist are reproting that China has blocked access to Google’s YouTube during the current chaotic situation in Tibet among those fighting for more Tibet independence, several sources report. YouTube is currently hosting many clips on the issue with user reports, as a search for e.g. lhasa protests shows. Portfolio.com quotes a YouTube spokesperson saying that YouTube “is looking into the matter, and working to ensure that the service is restored as soon as possible.”
YouTube isn’t the only Google property censored in China at the moment; Google News, their report states, is blocked too. The article does not go into details as to whether this refers to international news.google.com or Chinese news.google.cn. While the former removes only the so-called hate sites, the latter is self-censored by Google to also exclude certain undisclosed news publications which oppose the government stance.
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