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YouTube Censorship

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YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine, but censorship and local copyright laws obstruct worldwide freedom to use the site. The following six countries are areas where YouTube is blocked (at least temporarily).

China

You have as much chance of accessing YouTube here as you do of using Google. Zilch. You’ll have to use the Chinese equivalent, Youku, instead. 

Iran

YouTube has been down here since 2012. But trends like “Happy” by Pharrell have still made it into the country, with harsh punishments for uploaders. 

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TURKEY

President Erdogan doesn’t like videos that are critical of him. So in 2014 he had YouTube blocked. The Constitutional Court got it back online. 

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Germany

Google and GEMA—the German music performance rights organization—can’t reach a copyright agreement, so Germans get YouTube lite. 

North Korea

You can only access the state-controlled Uriminzokkiri Web channel, with a lot of videos about cookery, Kim Jong-un and war propaganda. 

Brazil

Ronaldo’s ex-girlfriend had a temporary block placed on the whole of YouTube in 2007 after a paparazzi-shot sex video with her in it ended up on the site. 

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