This week, YouTube has been banned in… Kuwait

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youtube-banned-kuwait.jpgOh dear. The poor people of Kuwait will no longer be able to watch poorly-lit webcam footage of women dancing to Latin American hip hop in their underwear, thanks to a fresh batch of religious outrage.

As ever, it’s the old portraying-Mohammed issue that’s lead to Kuwaiti officials demanding a ban on the video streaming site, thanks to it featuring videos that could offend Muslims. Here’s how the Kuwaiti top brass demanded the ban in a memo to the country’s ISPs…

“Since the website displays the Koran in the form of songs sung with the oud (stringed instrument) … and displays disrespectful pictures of the Prophet Mohammad … please proceed with immediate effect in blocking the website www.youtube.com”

Expect the offending videos to be removed and YouTube to be reinstated in the country within the next 48 hours. It’s how these tedious little YouTube mini-scandals always play out.

(Via Reuters)

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Gary Cutlack

2 comments

  • I’m from Kuwait, and youtube is NOT banned, and they can NOT do that !!

    Almost every Kuwaiti has a youtube account, and i can tell you that i’m 100% sure that youtube will never be banned here in Kuwait .. EVER !!

    stop the rumors, and please ‘ people of Kuwait will no longer be able to watch poorly-lit webcam footage of women dancing to Latin American hip hop in their underwear”

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME ??

    no seriously, you think ur being funny ??

    EPIC FAIL !!

    YOU FAIL !!

    Go suck ur head in da toilet, People like you have no life, keep insulting Us while we make 10000000000000000000 KDs an HOUR !

    Yes, Kuwait is the #4 most richest country’s in the WORLD, so go suck ur nipples, without us, your worth nothing, without us, you wouldn’t even have this laptop in ur hands to make this stupid FAKE rumor !!

    Bye

    Kuwaiti Girl and PROUD OF IT !

  • Youtube was never banned. The stupid manager who sent out the letter to the ISPs doesn’t even know that youtube is the 3rd most visited site in Kuwait and represent more than 15% of all traffic. The next day, blogger and even parliament members, the decent ones anyway, objected to this ridiculous move, and the decision was withdrawn.

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