Tudou Survives with a Spanking

“To live or to die?” The Chinese version of Youtube, Tudou(土豆) had its first brush with mortality after being officially listed as “slightly unhealthy” web. From RConversation:

Jeremy Goldkorn at Danwei reports that China’s State Administration for Radio Film and Television (SARFT) has included Chinese YouTube clone Tudou on list of 35 “slightly unhealthy” a websites that will be punished and fined. He points out: “None of Tudou’s real competitors like Youku.com or 56.com are on the list: the rest of the websites mentioned are small and unknown players.” SARFT has also published a list of 25 “extremely unhealthy” websites ordered to be shut down. He observes: “all the websites in the list seem to be fly by night video downloading BBS and small, relatively unknown video sites. Many of them have names that imitate other, more popular websites, e.g. Xunleicn.com whose name is ripped off from the popular Xunlei.com.”

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