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YouTube Partially Unblocked In China 47

hackingbear writes "After China unblocked certain sensitive keywords in search engine 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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  • Not for me. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 30, 2012 @12:30AM (#39519237)

    Well, I can't reach it from my town at all. I don't get a 'connection terminated' message anymore, but it never loads.

  • Not (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 30, 2012 @12:55AM (#39519335)

    I am in Beijing. YouTube is not accessible from here, using http or https. A bad prank or a slip up of the Great Firewall network engineers which has probably been patched up by now.

  • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Friday March 30, 2012 @01:43AM (#39519517)

    It is currently still blocked (posting from Beijing).

    The censorship policy in China is pretty much a local affair. My experience is that censorship in Beijing is stricter than in Shanghai. Censorship tends to be even looser away from the big cities. So when you see these announcements about "site xyz is unblocked in China", it is usually really just a change in one locality.

  • Re:Not for me. (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 30, 2012 @06:10AM (#39520593)
    Same here in Shanghai, with ChinaNet FTTH. mtr shows that the IPs are null-routed (or blocked with -j DROP):

    Host Loss% Snt Last Avg Best Wrst StDev
    1. 0.0% 14 1.1 1.7 1.0 4.1 0.9
    2. x.x.x.x 0.0% 14 3.7 23.8 2.8 258.6 67.7
    3. x.x.x.x 0.0% 14 5.7 4.3 2.4 10.5 2.1
    4. x.x.x.x 0.0% 14 4.2 16.9 4.2 101.8 27.9
    5. 0.0% 14 5.7 5.8 4.7 7.7 0.8
    6. ???

    (sorry for obfuscating the IPs and posting anonymously, but it's forbidden to talk about censorship, and I don't want to get in trouble as I do all of my earnings using Internet ...)

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