YouTube To Be Blocked in Egypt
By Tim Martin
An Egyptian court suspended YouTube for a month as a penalty for broadcasting the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims," which mocks the prophet Muhammad, according to a Reuters report.
"Innocence of Muslims" is the title attributed to an anti-Islamic movie trailer. The 13 minute video clips were initially uploaded to YouTube in July 2012, under two separate titles, "The Real Life of Muhammad" and "Muhammad Movie Trailer."
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The protests have led to hundreds of injuries and over 75 deaths. (Wikipedia)
The Obama administration initially said the video was the cause of the 2012 Benghazi attack, but that was proven to be incorrect, and no demonstration took place at the compound in Benghazi.
Google determined that "Innocence of Muslims" did not violate YouTube's community standards guidelines governing the United States. The company did block the film in countries where it was deemed illegal when riots broke out.
According to YouTube:
We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions. This can be a challenge because what's OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video - which is widely available on the Web - is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube. However, we've restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal, such as India and Indonesia, as well as in Libya and Egypt given the very sensitive situations in these two countries. This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007.
Google has not received anything from the judge or government related to this matter.
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