Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 6:42 PM
Update: Tudou is back up, 00:05 Beijing Time, 15 March.
The story about online video site Tudou, recently censured by SARFT takes another twist.
Since early this morning, the site has been offline, offering only the following message in explanation:
Nobody in the industry believes the explanation of the server move: see for example this article on Enorth.com.cn which says that the server moving explanation is "suspicious" and also says that this may be the "most serious case" of a website shutting down in the history of the Chinese Internet.
For their part, Tudou seem to be confident that they will restore services at midnight tonight: Tudou videos embedded in other websites currently show a clock counting down the seconds until midnight (see screenshot above).
Perhaps Tudou will return so harmoniously that their troubles will be over, but it is probably going to take some work. On Tuesday this week, research and consulting firm Marbridge released this bit of information:
An expensive omission, perhaps?
In other SARFT news, Normandy Madden of Advertising Age has an article about the crazy media regulator's ban on actress Tang Wei (reported on Danwei here), that looks at at affair from the point of view of Unilever, whose Ponds brand has been using Tang as a celebrity endorser:
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