7 Other Most Popular Websites That You’ll Be Surprised to Know Are Blocked in Some Countries

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Can you imagine living in a country where there is no Youtube? Or where you can’t write something on Twitter because… it was blocked. Forever. That seems crazy and unrealistic but such countries actually exist.

Nexter.org has a list of 7 most popular websites that were banned in some countries.

YouTube

Source: YouTube Report

YouTube is banned in China but you know what, that doesn’t bother Chinese people that much because they use it anyway. Moreover, some sources rank it as the 11th most visited site in the People’s Republic.

North Korea doesn’t seem to like this website too – it blocked YouTube in 2016 and Iran blocked it in 2012. It also has faced bans by many other countries, including Indonesia, Turkey, and Bangladesh.

Tumblr

Source: Alex Castro

In 2018, the Independent reported that Tumblr has been banned in Indonesia for… um, having adult content. But if you’ve ever visited this website you know that it is clearly not this type of site, it is just a place for free expression. Nonetheless, the website was also blocked in China and Kazakhstan.

Netflix

Source: goldenfrog

Syria, China, North Korea, or the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea were the only three countries (and one territory) left out of Netflix’s big expansion in 2016, not by Netflix’s choice.

The company is planning to get into China, but it is pretty hard because of the usual complex entanglements required by the Chinese government for creating streaming services by foreign media companies. And the other two countries were blocked by U.S. sanctions.

Twitter

Source: wikimonks

Yes, China banned Twitter as well. But, you know, if people want to share their thoughts in 280-character they’re gonna do so. TechCrunch estimated that Twitter had at least 10 million followers in the People’s Republic in 2016.

Twitter has also been blocked in Iran, North Korea, and Turkey.

Wikipedia

Source: everythingselectric

Wikipedia is banned in Turkey. Can you believe that? WIKIPEDIA (one of the most important repositories of information in human history). IS. BANNED. The official reason for this was that the website refused to remove statements that were “supporting terror.”

Source: Reuters/ABC News

According to Investopedia, was blocked after it was used to organize people together for the riots in Xinjiang. But Mark Zuckerberg wants to get unblocked in China so bad that he even started reading Chinese science fiction, met with the Chinese president and learned Mandarin.

China is not the only place where this website is banned, though. It faced temporary bans in Papua New Guinea and Pakistan, and North Korea permanently blocked in it 2016.

India vs. Vice

Source: Shutterstock

According to the Times of India, India blocked over 827 biggest, most popular adult websites in 2018. But as Quartz explains, this is not the first time India has done this and it didn’t stop people from watching their favorite 18+ movies in 2015 and it won’t stop them now.

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