As YouTube is such an influential website that virtually anyone can upload videos to, it is widely censored in countries that feel it is too radical and could be used a dangerous tool for anti-government propaganda etc.
YouTube is the third most popular website in the world and can be used as a potent tool for spreading ideas - Many governments have placed an outright ban on the website, whilst others implement partial or seasonal bans to coincide with political events or important anniversaries. Other reasons include disputes over loyalties and licensing. Countries that actively ban YouTube include China, Eritrea, Gabon, Germany, Iran and North Korea. In the case of North Korea, the ban is so severe that if anyone tries to access the website, they may face criminal punishment.
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