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YouTube Offers to 'Educate' Thai Authorities About Web Site

Officials with the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube say they have offered to "educate" Thai authorities about how the service works, in the hopes of ending a ban on the site.

The head of global communications for YouTube, Julie Supan, said Saturday it is up to the Thai government to decide whether to block specific videos. But she says the government's technical team was having difficulty understanding how to block individual videos.

Supan said YouTube will not take down videos that do not violate the company's policies.

Thailand blocked YouTube Wednesday after the company refused to remove a slideshow of King Bhumibol Adulyadej juxtaposed with what Thais view as offensive images.

The anonymous user removed the clip, but several more videos mocking the king appeared on the Web site soon after.

Insulting the monarchy in Thailand is a criminal offense.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.