Google, YouTube cave to Thai censors

There's just no other way to look at this. While Google and YouTube are well within their rights to decide - as any publisher decides - what they will and will not present, the particulars of this decision and the circumstances under which it was made are indefensible.

From Reuters:

Video-sharing Web site YouTube has agreed to block four clips Thailand says insulted its revered king, the latest twist in a spat that has stirred fierce debate about freedom of expression on the Internet.

However, in a letter to Communications Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom, YouTube owner Google said two other videos that had incurred the wrath of Thailand's military government would stay as they did not break lese majeste laws.

The long-term consequences for YouTube users in the free world can only be negative and could very well be dramatic if GooTube is going to be so spineless every time a repressive regime cries foul.

Shame on Google. Shame on YouTube.

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