Report: YouTube blocked in China

Chinese authorities have blocked access to YouTube, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Chinese authorities have blocked access to YouTube, according to a story posted Tuesday on the Wall Street Journal Web site.

The story said that YouTube confirmed that the site was blocked in the country, but did not know what caused the outage. The story also quotes a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry saying during a press conference Tuesday that the government has "taken up management of the network according to the laws."

Neither YouTube, nor its parent company, Google Inc. responded Tuesday to requests for comment on the report.

This isn't the first time that China has blocked YouTube.

A year ago this month, for instance, the Chinese government blocked some Internet access amid rioting in Tibet. During that time, China blocked access to Google News and YouTube in what seemed to be an effort to stop the spread of video footage related to the rioting in several cities in Tibet, including the capital Lhasa.

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