YouTube questions military censorship

On Monday, the US Department of Defense announced that a number of social networking and media sites would be blocked on its network, citing bandwidth concerns. “This is a bandwidth and network management issue. We’ve got to have the networks open to do our mission….For their part, YouTube isn’t accepting the ban without a fight. Today, YouTube told the Associated Press they would challenge the US Defense Department’s decision. “Watching or uploading online video does use bandwidth and can slow or tie up a network, but [CEO Chad] Hurley expressed doubt that soldiers’ use of YouTube could have any real effect on the military’s massive network,” reported the AP.

More from the Read/Write Web and WIRED. Previously from WNM: U.S. Defense Department silences soldier’s 2.0 voices

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