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Why is YouTube blocked?

Countries with heavy internet censorship often block access to YouTube for a number of reasons. If you’re at university, even the network administrator at your dorm could block your access to the platform. Understanding why your access is restricted might help you unblock YouTube to keep watching your favorite videos securely.

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YouTube videos containing clips from movies and TV broadcasts or copyrighted music might be unavailable in some regions because the uploader doesn’t have broadcasting rights in that country.

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Network administrators at businesses, schools, or dorms may use firewalls to block YouTube. It’s usually meant to encourage employees and students to focus on their work and improving productivity instead of watching YouTube to pass the time.

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Some countries heavily regulate internet usage and ban many popular websites. YouTube is currently banned by the government in North Korea, Iran, China, Sudan, Tajikistan, South Sudan, and Turkmenistan.

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Only users who are over 18 can view some YouTube videos. A VPN or a proxy won’t help you unblock these videos because you need to be logged in to confirm your age.

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YouTube allows channels to set their own restrictions based on geolocation. YouTubers and video owners usually only do this if there are some issues with content licensing rights.

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How a VPN for YouTube works

By using a VPN to watch YouTube videos, you ensure that no third party is able to spy on your internet connection (even on public Wi-Fi). A good-quality VPN will allow you to watch YouTube even in regions with heavy internet restrictions. Simply connect to a server back home, get a new IP address, and it will be like you never left.

Lastly, a VPN is a great tool if your internet service provider is prone to traffic-based bandwidth throttling. If your provider decides to purposefully slow down video streaming services, connect to a VPN and enjoy buffering-free videos!

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