‘Unafraid’ China apparently fears YouTube

Reuters:

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube was apparently blocked.

YouTube, owned by search giant Google Inc, has been unavailable for users in China, which filters the Internet for content critical of the Communist Party, since late on Monday.

“Many people have a false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact it is just the opposite,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters.

He said he did not know about YouTube being blocked.

A Google spokesman confirmed that access to the video site has been blocked in China over the past 24 hours.

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