Just in time for Easter, YouTube has come back from the dead after an absence of around a week. As we reported last week, the block was most likely due to certain sensitive content, a move that has left some people questioning whether Google/YouTube were involved at all. Unfortunately, its resurrection doesn’t appear to be fully complete — some video clips don’t seem to load properly and a search for fairly innocuous words (we tried “cheese” just to test it) can result in the connection being reset. It’s fair to say that it’s being temperamental.
Interestingly, somewhere that does seem fully accessible is the BBC News website. This is particularly noteworthy given that it was blocked long before other websites started going down nearly a fortnight ago. Indeed, Shanghaiist can’t actually remember the last time we were able to access the Beeb’s news pages on a normal server in China. Perhaps it’s so that we can all read about (and watch videos of) yesterday’s Taiwanese presidential elections in which pro-China candidate Ma Ying-jeou swept to victory? Or maybe it’s so that we can see the ‘truth’ about recent events to the West, as seen in the video Danwei have found.
Regardless of the reasons behind these sites’ new-found accessibility, Shanghaiist suggests you make the most of it while you can — who knows how long it will last…
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