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YouTube Partially Unblocked In China 47

Posted by samzenpus
from the sneak-preview dept.
hackingbear writes "After China unblocked certain sensitive keywords in search engine baidu.com last week, YouTube is now partially, quietly unblocked. Users inside China can, without bypassing the Great Firewall, visit the site, search for sensitive keywords, and see uncensored results and comments. The videos themselves, including those not related to politics, remain blocked, however. Given that the Chinese government likes to make major changes in gradual, experimental steps, it is unclear what this round of Internet loosening will lead to eventually. At the meantime, many netizens in the country express their welcome of the moves as a good start through microblogging."
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YouTube Partially Unblocked In China

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  • Re:Not for me. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 30, 2012 @02:28AM (#39519923)

    Posting as anon for the simple reason that I am currently in Kunshan, China. I can report that www.youtube.com alternates
    between "The connection has timed out" and "The connection has been reset". The sequence is:

    1. Upon first visit to the website the "The connection has been reset" pops up instantly.
    2. All subsequent retries become "The connection has timed out".

    IMHO I do not think that it is so much the politically sensitive things that are the problem but the good old fashion protectionism.
    Give it time and as soon as the local video website are large and thrive, then the foreign websites will most likely be partially
    accessible with many "The connection has timed out" and "The connection has been reset" to show the average Chinese user
    that the foreign websites are terrible.

    A cynical "foreign devil"

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