Thursday, October 18, 2007

YouTube Blocked In China

The most popular online video website - YouTube, seem to be blocked in China. The Chinese users are unable to access YouTube now. YouTube which has been acquired by Google Inc since Oct, 2006, is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on the web.

The current blocking may be related to the Communist Party Congress, which began on 15 October in Beijing and ends on Sunday. Chinese authorities regularly blocks access to websites that it finds objectionable, including those dealing with politically sensitive subjects. YouTube could conceivably carry some information the Chinese authorities think it shouldn't. That's what we have been. Blocked. Great Fire Wall-ed. 

YouTube Blocked In China


Now YouTube is inaccessible for most everyone in China, the current block is actually a bit more restrictive than the other block, since any mention of the string "www.youtube.com" in any URL seems to be blocked.

For example: http://www.google.com/search?q=www.youtube.com (if you are out of China, you should use http://www.google.cn/search?q=www.youtube.com) will not go through, and will get you a "Connection reset" error.

Connection reset


That mean the YouTube are not viewable via normal proxy. Chinese user must use secured transmission (SSL , HTTPS) to visit YouTube, that is not suitable because of the slow and instable connection.

The Chinese authorities also block some great website like FeedBurner, Flickr, WordPress, BlogSpot and Wikipedia.

9 comments:

  1. beef-witted accuracyOctober 19, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Tact is the ability to tell a man he has an open mind when he has a hole in his head -- Unknown

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  2. now i c why i couldn't get access to YouTube yesterday...

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  3. Youtube uses taiwanese flag as Chinese national flag in its newly-established Chinese website, which apparently would make Chinese government angry. Blocking it is a reasonable reaction, for as an international website, it should have remained politically neutral.

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  4. [...] YouTube’s blocking two weeks ago seemed to be related with the 17th Communist Party Congress, the blocking also coincided with Google’s launch of two Chinese language YouTube sites,  one in Taiwan and one in Hong Kong. [...]

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  5. [...] Earlier this week, Beijing has been ramping up its filtering of political sites in an attempt to stifle political dissent leading up to the Communist Party Congress, a meeting in which leaders are selected to serve under the president for the next five years. The most popular online video website YouTube is also blocked in China yesterday. [...]

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  6. [...] YouTube’s blocking two weeks ago seemed to be related with the 17th Communist Party Congress, the blocking also coincided with Google’s launch of two Chinese language YouTube sites,  one in Taiwan and one in Hong Kong. [...]

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  7. [...] Earlier this week, Beijing has been ramping up its filtering of political sites in an attempt to stifle political dissent leading up to the Communist Party Congress, a meeting in which leaders are selected to serve under the president for the next five years. The most popular online video website YouTube is also blocked in China yesterday. [...]

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