China says no to video websites!

Chinese Ban YouTube

Internet videos, and YouTube in particular, are the cause of the high teen crime rate and online addiction in China, according to the Chinese government. In an inspired move by the forward thinking Chinese government, they have decided to restrict access to video websites such as YouTube, MySpace and many other Internet video sites.

Even MySpace China aren’t hosting any videos on their social network site. Any state-controlled websites will be instantly restricted under the new laws that have been passed by the Chinese government. Is this an effective way to reduce juvenile crime in China? I can’t see it myself. Can you imagine what would happen if Pa Broon’s UK Government were to try and ban YouTube; couldn’t happen, could it?

Video Permits 

As of the end of January, any video website that is state-controlled will be required to apply for a permit from the Chinese government in order to upload and broadcast any videos that will be accessed by Internet users in China.

We already know that there is a history with the film certification boards in China and they are famous for making lots of cuts in non-Chinese movies that are released in their country, and they even go as far as banning some American movies from even being released in China. This only results in more pirate DVDs being sold on the streets, so surely if there is away around big films being banned, it won’t be long before they find away around this latest law?

Repressive Rules Forced on Internet Videos

Banning YouTube and other online Video sites is not only a repressive move by China’s government, particularly as most Video websites are based outside of China but it just doesn’t make sense. I don’t believe this will help reduce any teen crime or online addiction because there is always going to be a way around banning certain sites - it won’t be long before someone makes a new website for videos to be uploaded and when that one gets shut down, someone else will just make a new video website.

Online Addiction and Teenage Crime

The kids that have “Online addiction” will simply spend more time on the internet searching for other video and social networking sites that the Chinese Government hasn’t managed to block. As for the idea that banning online videos will reduce teenage crime - how does that work. Unless they are watching videos explaining how to steal cars, how to break windows or how to beat someone up, I can’t see how banning YouTube will reduce crime in any way.

It’s still unclear just how restrictive this new law will be and how difficult it will be for foreign companies to apply for a permit to upload their videos, and how many of their videos will need to be censored before they are allowed to be uploaded.

Summary

To me this seems like yet another attempt by the Chinese government to make sure that the people in China conform to their way of thinking, and ensure that the Chinese people are watching and reading what the Government believes to be correct.

However, the Chinese Government’s thinking is unbelievably old school, and somewhat naive, don’t you think? In attempting to push their politics and views on the rest of the world, history will repeat itself and as there was with music downloads, we will see a massive rise on private video-sharing websites, so banning well censored sites like YouTube, will lead to the Chinese kids accessing completely uncensored material that the new video sharing websites will no doubt feature.

2 Responses to “China says no to video websites!”

Lonnie Says:

There has been no banning here and none planned…

Get off your xenophobic soapbox and print something real, unless it was a ruse to pull traffic to your site…..

The Big Man Says:

Thanks for your deep and inciteful comment Lonnie. “The American professor in China”, as Lonnie calls himself, (I take it he’s an American, a professor and he lives in China), seems to have missed the News items about the banning of video sites in China on ITV, BBC, Channels 4 and 5, Fox News and Sky News. He also seems to have missed the Chinese YouTube banning articles written in the Guardian, the Times, the Daily Mail, etc,

Lonnie’s obviously an intelligent man, being an American professor. He even holds the number one position on Google for the term, American Professor, (as well as for the search term: Martian Search Engine (SEO) expert), and he must be in the know, as he lives in China, so how did he miss this news?

Maybe all the news agencies are wrong? I suppose that’s possible. Or could it be that because of the restrictions that the Chinese Government puts on the media in China, that mine is the only article about them banning video sites that he has has managed to read?

Do I want to drive traffic to my site? Yes. Don’t you prof? After all, if you didn’t, why put a link to your blog on the comment?

As for me being a Xenophobe, professor, you’re possibly right. I certainly wouldn’t trust an American Professor that lives in China and believes that he is a Martian Search Engine Optimisation expert; (although, in my defence, I usually like Americans and I regularly donate money to Chinese Children’s aid charities….. but it’s fair to say that I can’t stand Martians!)

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