Google-owned video-sharing site YouTube has been blocked in China, the Wall Street Journal reported. A YouTube spokesman told the paper that it had not been contacted by the Chinese government and was working to restore the service. The most recent YouTube ban coincided with the release of a video allegedly showing Chinese forces beating Tibetans during protests that occurred last year. The video was released by the exiled Tibetan government. Chinese authorities frequently block access to foreign websites that feature what it deems to be sensitive or negative content. Local video-sharing websites, such as Tudou or Youku, are less likely to be blocked in their entirety as they devote significant resources to avoiding any content that might upset the government. YouTube has been temporarily censored in at least a dozen countries.
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