Your Guide To Countries That Have Banned YouTube

YouTube CensoredWith Thailand and Turkey both yet again seeking to block YouTube, we thought it would be useful to recap the growing list of countries that have objected to content on the service. We’re focusing on national governments that have taken action to block content on YouTube from being accessible countrywide.


In January 2007, YouTube was blocked when a judge ordered a video of Daniela Cicarelli and boyfriend having sex in on a public beach be removed. Because it kept getting uploaded, all of YouTube was blocked. Access was later restored, and Had Sex On A Beach? That Ain’t Private, Brazilian Judge Tells Cicarelli In YouTube Case covers how Cicarelli later lost her case.


In December 2006, YouTube found itself blocked apparently for providing access to Iranian pop music.


In May 2007, Morocco blocked YouTube for no apparent reason, though it may have been over videos critical of Morocco’s king.


In April 2007, Thailand blocked YouTube for five months (until August 2007) over a video deemed insulting to its king. Today, news came out that Thailand again is upset with YouTube, this time seeking to block the "The Crisis Of Siam" video (part one, part two) that accuses the chief royal adviser of being behind last year’s coup.


In March 2007, Turkey blocked YouTube over a video deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. In September 2007, a court ordered that YouTube be blocked again over the same issue.


In August 2007, Syria blocked YouTube over a video that showed Syria’s First Lady waving a farewell as her dress is caught by wind and blown up.

Related Topics: Channel: Video | Google: YouTube & Video | Legal: Censorship


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