YouTube: Where all it was banned?

Egypt has banned YouTube for a month now. Otherwise, several countries have blocked access to YouTube. Here is a run down:

China: YouTube was blocked in China in 2009 because it has been carrying video of soldiers beating monks and other Tibetans.

Thailand blocked YouTube between 2006 and 2007 due to offensive videos relating to King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Morocco shut down access to YouTube in 2008.

Turkey: Turkey blocked access to YouTube between 2008 and 2010 after controversy over videos deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. It was briefly lifted but reimposed in November 2010.

Iran: In 2006, Iran temporarily blocked access to YouTube, along with several other sites, after declaring them as violating social and moral codes of conduct. The YouTube block came after a video was posted online that appeared to show an Iranian soap opera star having sex. The block was later lifted and then reinstated after Iran’s 2009 presidential election.

Pakistan: On February 23, 2008, Pakistan blocked YouTube because of “offensive material” towards the Islamic faith, including display of the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. This led to a near global blackout of the YouTube site for around two hours, as the Pakistani block was inadvertently transferred to other countries. Pakistan lifted its block on February 26, 2008. Many Pakistanis circumvented the three-day block by using virtual private network software. In May 2010, following the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, Pakistan again blocked access to YouTube, citing “growing sacrilegious content”.

Libya: On January 24, 2010, Libya blocked access to YouTube after it featured videos of demonstrations in the Libyan city of Benghazi by families of detainees who were killed in Abu Salim prison in 1996, and videos of family members of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at parties. The blocking was criticized by Human Rights Watch.

Sudan, Bangladesh, Afghan: In September 2012, Muslim countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sudan blocked access to YouTube for the film “Innocence of Muslims”.

Russia: Russia also blocked access to YouTube over the “Innocence of Muslims” video.

Australia: Education authorities in some regions of Australia have blocked student access to YouTube citing the inability to determine what sort of video material is harmful or not.

Source: Wikipedia

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