Pakistan Bans, Then Breaks YouTube
Countries such as Turkey, Thailand, and Morocco have all blocked the site at one point or another for hosting videos deemed offensive to the nations' leaders and government.
This would be worth noting even if the story ended here, but there's more....The government blocks the site by redirecting all traffic from within Pakistan intended for YouTube to a different Web site. However, likely due to a careless error by a Pakistani engineer, YouTube was blocked around the globe for two hours yesterday.
Google immediately contacted the Pakistani government, and access to the site was quickly restored. The government is investigating the cause behind the outage.
From BBC and Wired
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