Thailand Ends YouTube Ban

Authorities in Thailand have finally ended a ban on the popular video website YouTube. The ban, initiated five months ago, was prompted by controversy over a video clip deemed insulting to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej; the video showed two human feet pointing to the king - an offensive gesture in Thailand where feet are considered dirty. The Thai government first demanded that the clips be removed, but YouTube refused and several other videos subsequently appeared. The ban has now been lifted following an apparent compromise: the Thai government says YouTube's owner - the internet giant Google - has filtered out the offending videos so that users in Thailand cannot see them. Google has not commented on the case yet.

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