With so many forms of communication streams out on the web, you begin to wonder what is next. YouTube is one of the most important websites on the internet – a place where radical thinkers can come together and end up watching videos of cats falling over. However, it is not just about cats falling over, YouTube integrates people and countries together and in the most current times it can sometimes affect us in a negative way because of a clash of religious rights, racism, gender abuse and so on. As well as the good and informative YouTube comes along conflicts on the other side and today we explain to you some of the concerns in current news.

Communication Now

YouTube Worldwide: Conflicts Explained

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One of the reasons governments across the world are scared of the internet is that it gives users unprecedented access to knowledge. Five minutes on Google and people can call up philosophical treatises, subversive works and anti-Western news reports that completely jar with the perception of the world. YouTube is just a prominent part of that: ‘TED talks’, libertarian radio shows, footage from Al-Jazeera… the amount of information at our fingertips is almost scary. But are we using this to our advantage?

Confirmation Bias (and other unfortunate things)

As anyone who has ever accessed YouTube knows, it’s far from the intellectual utopia described above. The most watched video in the history of ever is of a South Korean man pretending to ride a horse to euphoric music. Then there are the comments. YouTube comments are where good taste goes to die – racism, homophobia and hate can come crushing down at someone’s expense. It’s estimated that the amount of abuse in these comments is so vast that laying them back to back could reach the Moon and back twelve times. For all its subversive possibilities, YouTube is essentially used for hardening our prejudices rather than seeking out new information. But how does this impact people worldwide, one action of late is to shut down YouTube in specific destinations.

Shut Down

YouTube Worldwide: Conflicts Explained

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Recently the innocence of Muslims was questioned on YouTube. It triggered riots across the Muslim world, caused untold offence and contributed to our burgeoning culture of xenophobia. In light of the chaos unfolding, destinations such as Egypt and Pakistan clamped down on the perceived cause by shutting off access to YouTube. While this almost redefines the notion of shutting the stable door not only after the horse has bolted, but after it has filmed and uploaded a tasteless video to YouTube, it also caused flickers of fear across the online world. Censorship of anything, no matter how offensive is never good, and both Pakistan and Egypt took a firm approach to this.

Free Speech?

YouTube Worldwide: Conflicts Explained

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If the highest value we place is on our freedom of expression, then we can do nothing but object to Pakistan’s and Egypt’s rolling blackout. The reinstatement and second shut down of YouTube in Pakistan was an act of showing what has to be done when something rolls out of control.

Pakistan has blocked YouTube because the Tube will not remove Innocence of Muslims. This raises many questions about ethics and what is right. Many people actually protested in front of Goggle’s headquaters and it hit world news. This is not the first time there have been protests over ethics, the search-engine giant had no qualms about bowing to governmental requests to restrict site access in China – likely because China is a bigger market and an up-and-coming economic superpower, unlike Pakistan which has spent years teetering on the brink of collapse. Likewise, the vocal majority calling for Pakistan to lift the ban includes aspects of the UK government – the same government that has discussed shutting down both Twitter and Facebook in future riots (supported by over two thirds of the population). As you can see, social communication can cause riots in themselves and can be perceived in a number of ways.

At the end of the day, the YouTube ban can be seen as good and bad for a destination. Those in Pakistan who want to see the film will almost always find a way to if it is not through YouTube. But we shouldn’t assume that increased internet freedom is wholly and unequivocally a force for good; nor should we turn a blind eye to hypocrisy in an increasingly switched on world. These are just some of things that impact the way we communication worldwide, sometimes it may be easier to stick with standard forms of communication and share news on email or dial a call to spread the news. The world we live in now is forever changing, so let’s see what happens next!

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Author: Thank you to Jenny and the dialtosave.co.uk team who brought you this article. YouTube can impact destinations in different ways as you can see, and its important to know what is happening around the world.

YouTube Worldwide: Conflicts Explained