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Headline: Pakistan Bans YouTube

Pakistan's government asked YouTube to prevent people in Pakistan from viewing the video-sharing website, citing content offensive to Islam. It was most likely blocked because it contains controversial drawings of the Prophet Mohammad, such as those printed in Danish newspapers in 2006. A recent republishing of the drawings sparked fiery protests in Pakistan this weekend.

Brazil, China, Iran, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Syria, and Thailand have also blocked the popular site owned by Google for various reasons including that it's subversive, immoral, embarrassing to public figures, or critical of leaders.

I can't imagine life without YouTube. One of the great things about the site is that you can find just about anything, without any sort of censorship or filter. Do you think it would be the same if videos that may be offensive to Islam are removed? Does censorship void the purpose of YouTube? Is the content inflammatory enough that bans are a necessary step toward avoiding dangerous protests?


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sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
I'm also surprised by Brazil- HOME OF THE NAUGHTY BIKINI WAX???
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Hey, if I have to watch another dog skateboarding, another doofus doing a stupid movie parody or someone crying about Britney Spears again, I am going to push to have it banned in the United States.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Nice point briglass. Has any regime been able to completely shutdown a subversive communication infrastructure?
briglass briglass 9 years
There is too much inherent plasticity and redundancy in the internet to censor information by shutting down individual sites or nodes. The only two end-games are a complete shutdown of the communication infrastructure or a rapidly self-healing forum for free speech. This reminds me of when China demanded Microsoft filter certain phrases from Chinese blogs.. such as "free speech" and "human rights." All human languages are redundant enough to handle these restrictions, and writing about both topics continued unfettered.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
philleif philleif 9 years
Whatever it takes to keep that 2 Girls 1-True-Faith video from spreading.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
It's very dangerous to nations where there are dictatorships as it can opend many eyes but as for offense to Islam there are videos that are just plain offensive on Youtube, that's not a good enough excuse and immorality has been aroudns ince before the time of television so that won't fly either
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