Administrators at Brigham Young University are reviewing a policy that blocks the popular video-sharing web site YouTube from the campus internet network, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Students critical of the BYU policy say much of YouTube’s content has redeeming social and educational value, and that the school’s unwillingness to allow access is somewhat incongruous for an institution committed to the free exchange of ideas. "It’s a pretty universally disliked policy," sophomore Kevin Blissett said. "Students understand why they block it, to protect the bandwidth to save it for academic material. But it ignores the larger cultural significance of YouTube." The Provo, Utah, school’s policy has survived even as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embraced YouTube as a vehicle to disseminate Mormon teachings. The church’s home page offers a YouTube link to a 93-second clip featuring a devotional message by church president Henry Eyring. According to BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins, administrators are re-evaluating the block because of the growing amount of educational material on YouTube…

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