Indonesia’s YouTube ban has been removed. And the government of Indonesia is doing things right this time (see bold text).
Indonesia Removes YouTube Ban, Brazil Bans WordPress.com
Instead of blocking the biggest sites on the net, the Indonesian government now plans to focus on banning the individual pages on YouTube and MySpace which contain the offensive video.
A quote from Information and Communication Minister Mohammad Nuh struck me as interesting. “It is like removing cancer from the body without making the patient die,” he said, and I’m not entirely sure I understand what he meant.
In related news, Techdirt reports that the state of Brazil has banned the sale of video game Bully (that’s the one that sounds really bad but in fact it’s not so bad at all), as well as access to WordPress.com. That’s a lot of banned blogs, and I’m betting that in a couple of days Brazilian government will also find out that they can ban individual sites on WordPress.com without banning the entire site.
Yes! Ban individual page – right. Ban whole site – wrong!