YouTube Suspends Account of Chinese Dissident


Do you get the feeling sometimes that the Chinese are just beta testing stuff for other governments?

(From The Washington Free Beacon)

YouTube has suspended the video account of popular Chinese dissident Guo Wengui amid a mounting pressure from the Beijing government to silence one of its critics.

According to a person familiar with the action, YouTube issued what the company calls a “strike” against Guo, who since the beginning of the year has created an online sensation by posting lengthy videos in which he reveals details of corruption by senior Chinese officials.

The suspension involves a 90-day block on any new live-stream postings of videos and was the result of a complaint made against a recent Guo video for alleged harassment.

The identity of the person or institution who issued the complaint could not be learned…

…Guo also tweeted that he believes Twitter has restricted his use of that social media platform to broadcast videos.

However, Twitter denied limiting Guo’s feed. “We do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons,” a Twitter spokeswoman said.

After his YouTube channel was shut down, Guo sought to broadcast YouTube videos through his Twitter feed. The suspension by YouTube appears to include technical capabilities to block any broadcasting of YouTube videos through other media such as Twitter.

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