Thailand has blocked Youtube, because of a video clip on the site that mocks the Thai King. According to Reuters, Mr Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom the Thai Communication Minister ordered the blockade after requesting Google in vain to take down the clip. The Thai people love their monarch and have a very sentimental feeling to it. According to Thai law criticism directed towards the royal family is a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Youtube also recently got blocked in Turkey after a video belittling the Turk revolution leader Ataturk were hosted on the site. The ban however got removed within two days after Youtube took the clips offline.
So from experience we could predict two things:
- Youtube will remove the clip and the ban will ultimately be removed
- Youtube´s nightmares will continue as people around the world will continue to submit clips, which some how will be offensive for some one. Such is the irony of User Generate Content.
I have also taken a screen shot of the video page, because I know in some time the video will be removed. The video is also embedded below. People using feeds will have to click here.