Thursday, May 17, 2007

YouTube / MySpace Banned

YouTube / MySpace are banned???? Why? By Whom? Don't worry, it's not banned in Malaysia.
USA's Ministry of Defence ("MOD") has called for an indefinite ban on the following websites:-
* Video-sharing sites YouTube, Metacafe, IFilm, StupidVideos and FileCabi;
* Social networking sites MySpace, BlackPlanet and Hi5;
* Music sites Pandora, MTV, and live365; and
* Photo-sharing site Photobucket.

Reason: Traffic to such websites is hurting system performance thus hampering fast info being relayed on urgent issues (like getting the President's thumb's up to launch a missile to another country??)

Must be very disheartening on such ban as soldiers being based overseas do rely on such software to communicate with their respective family members back home. Sharing of videos or blogging of family's life back home could be viewed by solders based faraway. Sort of a motivation in a way.

The other worry that the MOD has is that weaponary or military secrets could leaked out to the general public at ease. Guess that's the same reason various companies denied access to such websites too where corporate secrets being leaked could be detrimental.

Reading: Pentagon Bans YouTube, MySpace -CBS

Reading: Military puts MySpace, other sites off limits -CNN


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