YouTube takes offending film clip off its site

Published: September 13, 2012
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YouTube has taken a longer version of the video off its site.

YouTube has taken a longer version of the video off its site.

After protests erupted across the Middle East and Afghanistan blocked video sharing website and social media network YouTube, the site took off “Innocence of Muslims,” a film that claims to take a satirical view of Muslims, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Islam.

Hundreds of protesters had stormed the US embassy in Cairo on Wednesday on news that a 13 minute clip of the two hour film, by Californian filmmaker Sam Bacile, would be screened at a church in Florida along with being streamed live on their website. On Wednesday, the US ambassador to Libya was killed when protesters attacked the Libyan embassy in Benghazi.

The film, made in 2011, was partly available on YouTube with short 90 second long trailers and an 11 minute clip from the film. YouTube removed the longer version clip and a message now greets viewers reading: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.”

However, shorter trailers of the movie were still playable on the site.

The Afghan government on Wednesday banned YouTube from the country for the first time to prevent people from watching the anti-Islam film. “Following instructions by the ministry of information and culture, the ministry of communication has ordered all service providers to block YouTube access,” communications ministry official Aimal Marjan told AFP.

It was not known whether Afghan officials had unblocked the site after YouTube apparently complied with the requests.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Protocols of Zion
    Sep 13, 2012 - 2:52AM

    All this just thoughtful Zionist scheme of future to attacks America and stick the charge in Muslims as 11 September, and all this is Whole trick exposed to people
    Summit decadence and slag
    Zionist hypocrisy known hhh

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  • pakistanibaloch
    Sep 13, 2012 - 8:45AM

    i think these americans,israel etc want to create an another 9/11 themselves and then will blame to muslims…..

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  • Sep 13, 2012 - 4:51PM

    But there are still many clips of the movie … youtube should be blocked in pakistan also

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  • Zayan Schurahbeel
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:34PM

    This is the tragedy of free speech !!!Recommend

  • pakigrl
    Sep 18, 2012 - 9:14AM

    I dont get the reason why always muslims are attacked,offended and then those acts get justified by the labels of “freedom of speech”, “democracy”…etc. etc….and when muslims react as should be expected,it gets the label of “violence”..No other religion faces such mockery and opposition as islam does..that makes me think islam is trueRecommend

  • khan
    Sep 18, 2012 - 11:12AM

    Must be blocked you tube Recommend

  • Honey
    Sep 18, 2012 - 11:45AM

    Yes!
    Removal of Clip from Youtube shows that Muslims are really power full and united.
    Youtube may unblock these clips again in feature.

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  • ashraf
    Sep 18, 2012 - 12:38PM

    youtube should block those type of clips if don,t then youtube must be block in every muslims country

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  • ashraf
    Sep 18, 2012 - 12:46PM

    I dont get the reason why always muslims are attacked,offended and then those acts get justified by the labels of “freedom of speech”, “democracy”…etc. etc….and when muslims react as should be expected,it gets the label of “violence”..No other religion faces such mockery and opposition as islam does.

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  • sid
    Sep 18, 2012 - 1:52PM
  • pakigrl
    Sep 18, 2012 - 2:50PM

    Muslims are not powerful in the sense of having authority and riches, but yes they are powerful cz they have some remnants of faith left in their hearts..youtube being banned here in Pakistan is a good sign…Muslims face all kinds of opposition today,from media, from people, and even from the authorities and government..What else could be expected for the followers of true faith in this satanic/shaiytani era?opposition,mockery and pain….isnt this what our prophet prophesized about the end of times??that there will be liars, and tyranny will be at its peak..this movie is a form of tyrrany, and a great lieRecommend

  • semeen naaz
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:15PM

    utube has been banned in pakistan.thanx to Raja.

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