YouTube seems to have finally gone too far. I suppose it was only a matter of time, and considering that the 17th Party Congress is happening in Beijing right now, well, that's life in a harmonious society.
After all, the Net Nanny's job is to purify the internet, to keep "unhealthy" content away from vulnerable Chinese eyeballs. Along with political no-nos like the Three Ts, porn is the other major target of China's censorship regime.
But wait a tick, Danwei says porn is getting a pass:
Is it because of the 17th Communist Party Congress currently going on in Beijing? The 17th Communist Party Congress is abbreviated to Ã¥ÂÂÃ¤Â¸Æ’Ã¥Â¤Â§ (shiqi da) or '17 big' in Chinese. Mainland Chinese soft porn website 17da.com and overseas-hosted hard porn link site 17big.com seem to be open for business.
Rick at Panda Passport did his own checking:
Just to show how f*cked up the Chinese net-nanny is, I pinged pornotube.com for shits and giggles, and it works like a charm. Apparently some of the powers that be are not quite ready to part with that one.
So what's going on here? Had minding YouTube taken up all the talent in the censorship corps? Have the powers-that-be loosened up on porn to focus on politics? Has someone realized that all those extra men will need something to stem their sexual frustration? None can say for sure.
Whatever the reason, whoever the decider, may they all get river crabs in places even wearing three watches won't cure.
Oh, and on the upside, BlogSpot and Wordpress.com blogs seem to be working again...for now. So yeah, rejoice...