Youtube & Tibet



Since all of Youtube is currently blocked in China, I wondered if Youtube might start tagging videos of the protests in Tibet in order to have Youtube unblocked with the specific videos being blocked for users in China. But after running a few (definitely not comprehensive) Tibet related search terms all I found so far was that it appears that BBC videos are blocked for users in Great Britain:

GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEkyrDdepBc
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4637Ez3-as
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg8AYs56RAY
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GzyfTOACDs
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ew8oLFVVcc
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7R3J0NvfgE
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLg4aMDadYo
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4E1Rsaq3yc
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS_jvYTEhkQ
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLy6DkrjyHg
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUcIxq4hBuc
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1CTaq9sQM0
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dviGSn5Wq0s
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T3LwA2mA4I
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8-eBuGsh-4
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS1FOSQCA3k
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR_NNGpWku4
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEQmJBINYj4
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geJ9lRhSRdQ
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwRIzNyArRY
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPIKkf5w9TY
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NB91D-Da50
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUaX3Mw8qvg
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaJQip6bt7w
GB,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7lDTuBhb2Y

2 comments.

  1. Nart,
    I’ve recently noticed that videos of these riots which are available on YouTube from outside the Chinese firewall are replaced by a message, generated by YouTube, which reads “We’re sorry, this video is no longer available”. For example, see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfnBVKrzX6Y.

    I did my test with a couple of proxy servers within China on June the 1st. It is possible that YouTube is not blocking this video (and others like it) but that the firewall, while letting this page through its filters, is blocking the video feed into the page.

    Something to investigate? I might very well be wrong about all this. Hell, I probably am!

    Please let me know.

    Peter

  2. I get the same result as you do, peter. it looks like youtube, not the gfw to me. i’ll try to poke around a bit more.

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