Wednesday, March 25, 2009
China's Youtube Ban & Its Future Smartphone Market
By now, you've probably heard about the Tibet torture video on Youtube blocked by China. Today, the Chinese government claimed the video was a fake. As a result, China's receiving widespread criticism for its oppresion of free speech, but we should also consider the implications for tech corporations and developers.
Remember the problems Apple faced last month when According to Interfax China rejected Apple's iPhone plan because they didn't wan't Apple selling apps directly to China Mobile Limited (NYSE: CHL) customers? (Emphasis on "Limited")
Imagine yourself as the CEO of a Tech company who wants to tap into China's expanding 3G market , but why bother wasting your V.C. and R.D. on a nation that may block user access to you for any reason, at any time? In my opinion, China's erratic behavior could overshadow the potential market of 700 million new mobile users.
Stan Schroeder, writer for Mashable, made a great point in his post today:
One has to wonder how effective these bans are, since tools like Twitter make it incredibly easy for people to spread the news about incidents like this one. Proving that a video is fake would probably be a much better tactic than banning a site viewed by millions of people every day, and then claiming you’re not afraid of the Internet; it just doesn’t hold water.
By Matt O'Hern at 10:15 AM | Comments (2)