YouTuber PewDiePie says he's been 'banned' in China after comparing the country's president to Winnie the Pooh
- PewDiePie, the most popular solo YouTuber in the world, recently said he has been "banned from China" after he posted a video featuring memes related to China and its president.
- In the video, PewDiePie drew similarities between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Winnie the Pooh, a comparison made by many pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters.
- It's not completely clear what this ban consists of, since YouTube - and PewDiePie's videos - are already blocked in China behind the country's "Great Firewall."
- Although some have pointed out that searching PewDiePie on China's search engine yields results, PewDiePie and others have said that content related to the YouTuber has been removed from social media and public forums.
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PewDiePie said in a video Friday that he had been "banned from China" over a video he published a few days ago. The video in question is the latest episode of PewDiePie's running series of meme commentary, where he mentioned the pro-democracy protests happening in Hong Kong.
"I got banned from China. That's right," PewDiePie said in his video from Friday. "If you search anything PewDiePie related on any Reddit-related forum in China, or YouTube-related videos, it will just be completely blank."
It's not exactly clear what the "ban" on PewDiePie exactly means. YouTube, where PewDiePie's content lives, has been blocked in China since 2009 behind the government's "Great Firewall" of internet censorship. Nevertheless, PewDiePie still maintains a Chinese fanbase, many of whom use VPNs, software that cloaks the source of internet activity, to skirt China's restricted internet.
Reddit users who are supposedly in China (Reddit is OK there) have said that online forums and social platforms have been scrubbed of posts and messages about PewDiePie. However, others have pointed out that searching for PewDiePie online, including via China's search engine Baidu, still yield results.Advertisement
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