Google refuses to censor Australian YouTube

By Cory Doctorow

Google is seemingly bent on making a clean sweep of the Pacific Rim in its new anti-censorship campaign: first it refused to go on censoring its services at the behest of the Chinese government; now it has refused the Australian government’s…request to censor YouTube videos that Canberra’s censor board put into its “refused classification” bucket.

The minister who made the request, Stephen Conroy, apparently missed the memo on Google and China, as he cited Google’s erstwhile willingness to censor on behalf of Beijing as reason enough for the company to help him censor videos about safe drug use and painting graffiti, or those that advocate euthanasia. These subjects are all prohibited by Australia’s government of the day, which apparently believes Aussies to be such soft-headed sheep that they can’t possibly be exposed to ideas it doesn’t like, lest they be tempted into wickedness.

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