Ugh. Most of you have already noticed by now, but Youtube’s been Great Firewall-ed for the second time this month. Unlike the weird half-assed blocking in early March though, it looks like this time the video site is down. completely. everywhere.
Why? It seems like nobody knows right now. We can’t think of any particularly pressing anniversaries – the type of thing that has warranted a Youtube block in the past. Our best guess is that this might have something to do with the recent unrest in Tibet? It’s not too out there to think that someone might have loaded a couple Chinese censor angering vids of the allegedly hundreds-strong protest.
Another theory: A commenter on Danwei noted that the block came soon after the U.S. Navy posted vids of their strange confrontation with Chinese sailors in the South China seas. We guess that could be em-bare-assing enough to get the site shut off too.
On another note, did you know Youtube has been reported as inaccessible from China 218 times? Fun fact from Herdict.
Previously on Shanghaiist
Youtube blocked in China, Tibet content likely to blame
Youtube remains blocked, but nobody seems to care
Give us back our Youtube!
Blogger reactions to the Youtube block and other weird stuff happening