China Blocks YouTube (Again)
For the second time in a year, China has blocked GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s YouTube service, although Chinese authorities wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give any details as to why. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Many people have a false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact, it is just the opposite,Ã¢â‚¬Â a Foreign Ministry spokesman told Reuters. The spokesman said he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know that the service was being blocked. China most recently restricted access to YouTube a year ago, when videos of clashes between police and protesters in Tibet surfaced on the site. According to various reports, a video showing Chinese police beating Tibetans was posted by a Tibetan exile group last week. China requires online video broadcasters to report and delete videos that hurt the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reputation or disrupt social stability.
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