YouTube Facilitates Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

Speaking of Chinese-style Internet censorship ...

When was the last time you tried to access the BBC's YouTube channels?

http://www.youtube.com/bbc
http://www.youtube.com/bbcworldnews

That's right. When you click on the above links, you will discover that these channels are no longer available in the United States, not even the BBC's "World News" channel.

Ironic, isn't it?

Americans can watch the Jerusalem Post, Russia Today, or even Al Jazeera on YouTube all day long, but just forget about watching anything from the motherland.

And when you try to reach BBC's YouTube channels via a proxy server such as Anonymouse.org, (whose servers are purportedly located in Seychelles -- which is in the middle of the Indian Ocean -- although Anonymouse's own "Geotool" service shows that Anonymouse is actually located somewhere in Europe), these are the messages you receive, respectively:

Dieser Kanal ist in deinem Land nicht verfügbar.
Dieser Kanal ist nicht verfügbar.

Decidedly rude.

We were able to reach the BBC's regular YouTube channel via a United-Kingdom-based proxy server -- DaveProxy.co.uk -- but this channel appears to be entertainment-based only (we can't keep the kids from their predictive programming, now can we?), but we were not able to reach the BBC's "World News" channel, even though "World News" is listed as one of the BBC's own subscriptions.

Curiouser and curiouser.

But anyway. Experience shows us that whenever they announce something in the press (eg. Bono's recent call for Chinese-style Internet censorship), it means that they've already started doing it.

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