Breaking: Youtube Now in Arabic
Number 1 video sharing website owned by Google, YouTube now has an Arabic Interface.
The move is some how late for Google to bring an Arabic interface for YouTube, since most of its other services are already has an Arabic UI.
Last year, during a Arab Advisors groups telecom conference in Jordan, telecom executives said that 40% of Internet traffic in the Arab world is going to YouTube, now that YouTube has Arabic interface that number is most likely to increase.
Why regional video sharing sites could not be a match to YouTube? first the culture of citizen video creation is much more prevalent in USA and around the world, more than in the Arab world, most of the world does not speak Arabic, they are the majority of Internet users! Second freedom of speech is more guaranteed on Youtube, since it is based in USA ( we hope it stays like that) . Arab startups have to comply with local oppressive laws or risk going to jail. So Arab Internet users go to YouTube because they get content they would not find on sites such as d1g and Ikbis.
Youtube provides more value to Arab users than regional video sharing sites, specially that sites such as d1g contains many pirated videos.