YouTube blocked and unblocked in Thailand

Visitors to popular video sharing site YouTube were re-directed to a government web site from Friday to Saturday noon.

2Bangkok has a post on the block

When attempting to reach the YouTube site from within Thailand, the user is redirected to MICT. MICT is the government agency responsible for censoring the internet in Thailand. The reasons and criteria for blocking are usually not made public. In the past, if the resulting controversy over a certain blocking is too great, the blocked site comes back online and the government denies it was ever blocked at all.

MICT stands for the Ministry of Communication and Technology.

Speculating on the possible reasons for the block, forum poster Jromerz writes

Looking around in youtube now (after getting in without typing those three letters in the URL) and its still got blocks up within the site. If you click on a member's profile then you get the mict page again, and some (or most?) clips don't seem viewable.
It must be all those cnn interview posts

Thaksin on CNN

Jromerz is referring to the the clips from a CNN interview that features ex-prime minister Thaksin. Thaksin was ousted by the Thai military and the current military backed regime is not happy with Thaksin getting any form of media exposure.

The 2bangkok forum has more discussion on the block.

There is no official word yet from Thai government if the blocking was deliberate. Thai authorities are known to have blocked sites before without warning.Personal Thailand writes

Turkey blocked the website today but government had some reason for it. Thailand has been known for blocking websites with out warning or reason before.

YouTube was accessible later in the day on Saturday.


  • R.P.D

    I have listen to many reasons about this and it all links down to one thing, and that is the king.

    Youtube did not respond to the request of taking out the clip of the king that the ICT have send.

    In this case it suppose to only be youtube fault, but so as the ICT for blocking the website in Thailand just because the request didn’t go as they want.

    One of the best ideas that I’ve got is for us, the youtube fans, to directly complain to thew youtube themselves. Since they don’t listen to the government, but they might listen to us!

  • HubmaN

    …funny, I can access it+every single other blocked site again! I wonder why they just unblocked it after a helluva long time in hiatus.

  • Casey

    I personally think it’s irrelevant because sites like Youtube Mirror allows people to easily view blocked or restricted videos from Youtube very easily. I don’t really get it though, why ban a website that’s the 3rd most visited site in the whole world? I’d really want to know!


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