YouTube offends Again

April 2007
Red Herring;4/16/2007, Vol. 4 Issue 14, p6
Trade Publication
The article reports that Thailand's government has ordered local telecommunications companies to block the service of Mountain View, California-based Google Inc.'s video sharing division YouTube Inc. after it carried a spoof of the country's Monarch Bhumibol Adutyadej. A 44-second video posted on March 29, 2007 shows images of Adutyadej altered with computerized graffiti. Thailand strictly enforces lese majeste laws with lengthy prison terms for offending the dignity of the sovereign. The incident marks at least the third time in as many months that YouTube has been barred over a controversial video clip, after access to the site was blocked in Brazil and Turkey.


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