YouTube decides: Google bans anti-Islam movie in Egypt and Libya
Video still from the film, 'Innocence of Muslims'
Click here to add Also as an alert
Disable alert for Also,
Click here to add Communications and Information Ministry as an alert
Disable alert for Communications and Informa ...,
Click here to add Gatot Dewa Broto as an alert
Disable alert for Gatot Dewa Broto,
Click here to add Google as an alert
Disable alert for Google,
Click here to add Indonesian government as an alert
Disable alert for Indonesian government,
Click here to add Youtube as an alert
Disable alert for Youtube
People in Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Libya and India have lost access to the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims,” following moves by Google and YouTube.
Google has begun barring access in Malaysia to the film that has sparked fury across the Muslim world after the country’s Internet regulator lodged an official complaint.
The low-budget “Innocence of Muslims” has angered followers of Islam for mocking the Prophet Mohammad. A spokesman for video-sharing site YouTube, owned by Internet giant Google, told AFP Monday that it began restricting access in line with its community guidelines.
“When videos breach those rules, we remove them. Where we have launched YouTube locally and we are notified that a video is illegal in that country, we will restrict access to it after a thorough review,” he said.
YouTube has also begun restricting access to videos of the film in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, according to an Indonesian government official.
“Google, which is YouTube’s parent company, emailed us Thursday evening to say it had blocked Indonesia’s access to 16 URLs related to the “Innocence of Muslims” videos on the site,” Communications and Information Ministry spokesman Gatot Dewa Broto told AFP.
Besides Indonesia, Google has denied access to the video in Libya, Egypt and India.
Also, Russia’s Prosecutor General’s office said Monday it will ask the courts to outlaw the film as “extremist and offending believers.”
Should the film be banned in countries like Libya? Or should it be up to everyone individually to decide? Tell us what you think below.
- It's payback time: Muslim world's YouTube boycott leaves Google feeling the pinch
- Right to free speech? US rules against removal of anti-Islam YouTube video
- After the violence in Egypt and Libya, YouTube blocks access to film clip but refuses to remove it
- You won't believe what Egypt's government is banning now
- YouTube asks Turkish court to overturn ban