YouTube censorship is the banning of YouTube in certain countries. The countries usually block YouTube due to criticism of the country's home ruler, offensive videos, or racist films found on the internet.

Current Countries that Restrict YouTube


China blocked YouTube twice. China first blocked YouTube in 2007, and later recovered it in 2008. Then, it was once again restricted in 2009, and it stayed that way for unknown reasons. The only regions in China that are accessible to YouTube are the territories such as Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.


Iran first closed YouTube in 2006 due to an offensive video about an Iranian soap opera having sex. YouTube was usable in Iran again, until they restricted it again with Google in 2012 for a film called Innocence of the Muslims.

North Korea

Civilians of North Korea do not have YouTube or any other piece of the internet; this is because the North Korean government does not want the truth of the Democratic People's Republic to revealed, neither do they want them to learn and follow other religions.

The supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, says he restricts the internet to protect them from the evil (outside North Korea).


Sudan blocked YouTube twice, and the first time they blocked it in 2008 was not for any certain reason, and was accessible again. YouTube was restricted again when an election came on in 2010.

South Sudan

South Sudan blocked YouTube for the same reason as Iran's second YouTube closing, which was the film, Innocence of the Muslims.


Tajikistan blocked YouTube multiple times. In 2012, The Tajik government first blocked YouTube after finding some uploads to criticism of militant clashes. About eight days after the website was censored, YouTube was once again allowed to open its doors to Tajikistan.

The same year, YouTube was restricted due to some offensive videos of the Tajik president. YouTube was then allowed again, but then was closed again in 2012 about the president singing a tune at his son's wedding.


YouTube was blocked in Turkmenistan in 2009 for unknown reasons, and there was no YouTube access in the country ever since.

Former Countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Bangledesh
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States

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