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?
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.
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.