Though Chinese Internet video website Tudou.com closed for twenty-four hours last Friday to move its servers, there are still rumors that the website may take further corrective measures to better comply with Chinese laws.
The Shanghai-based company's website closed on March 14 because it said it needed to move to a new Internet data center, and various sources within the Internet industry say the company rented 200 square meters of space in a Hangzhou IDC. Hangzhou is about two hours from Shanghai.
Yet there are still rumors in Chinese media that the closure came about because of a notice from the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television that asked for the company to comply with local laws. Those reports say that SARFT issued an order to the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Radio, Film and Television, asking it to shutter Tudou.com, which was accused of spreading pornographic video content in China.
Now that the website is back in operation, rumors are still swirling that Tudou users may very soon face more complicated login and website registration. The company has repeatedly stated in the past that it closely monitors content on its website.
In addition, global Internet video sharing website YouTube.com has been inaccessible in many areas of China for at least the past 24 hours. Preofessionals within the Chinese Internet sector speculate the website has been blocked because it is hosting banned Chinese videos of unrest in Tibet.