UPDATE: YouTube blocked in China?
Oct 17, 2007
UPDATED March 17, 2008: YouTube now appears blocked in China once again due to the violence erupting around Tibet. See comments below for getting around the block. Good luck!
Oct 17, 2007 at 9:24am: Blogger.com is back up, but YouTube now appears blocked in China.
It is hard for this newcomer to follow the vagaries of the Great Firewall! It is also difficult to video blog on a blocked platform.
UPDATED at midnight:
Is the blockage in Beijing due to the opening YouTube’s Taiwan version? Here’s an excerpt from an AP story from today:
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Google Inc.’s YouTube said Thursday it has launched a version of the video-sharing site in Taiwan in its latest push to expand in foreign markets.
The site features locally produced content, including that from YouTube’s four Taiwan media partners, China Television Co., Sanlih E-Television Co., Lion Travel Service Co. and Taiwan Broadcasting System, YouTube said in a statement.
How to get around the blockage? This from Shanghaiist:
We are getting really tired of this on-again off-again situation and may just whip out our credit card on Witopia for a personal VPN. Apparently it’s just US$39.99 per year and we’ve had quite a friends raving to us about it now. If any of you geeks out there have other fabulous ideas on how to beat the Youtube block, PLEASE get in touch with us at info AT shanghaiist DOT com.
(Merci Krapax de Wuhan)
UPDATE: YouTube is no longer blocked as of October 31! Woohoooo!!!! That was a tough couple of weeks.