Google rejects White House request to pull anti-Islam film, again

Google reiterates that it is blocking the film to comply with local law than give into political pressure.

Reuters September 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc on Monday rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in much of the Muslim world.

The internet company said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya, where US embassies have been stormed by protestors enraged over depiction of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as a fraud and philanderer.

On Tuesday, the US Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in a fiery siege on the embassy in Benghazi.

Google said it was further restricting the clip to comply with local law rather than as a response to political pressure.

"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," the company said. "This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007."

White House officials had asked Google earlier on Friday to reconsider whether the video had violated YouTube's terms of service. The guidelines can be viewed here

Google initially said on Wednesday that the video was within its guidelines.

US authorities said on Friday that they were investigating whether the film's producer, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year old Egyptian Coptic Christian living in Southern California, had violated terms of his prison release. Basseley was convicted in 2010 for bank fraud and released from prison


mahboob tariq | 9 years ago | Reply

this is the worst type of cruelity in the name of freedom of expression. and you all should ashame of it

Cautious | 9 years ago | Reply


If they can draw the line at Jews and Holocaust, then we can draw the line at things which hurt Muslim sentiments. There should be no discrimination

It seems everyone in Pakistan believes that in the USA it's against the law to say bad things about Jews or dispute the holocaust -- that's just nonsense. You can dress up like Hitler and stand outside a Synague proclaiming that the holocaust was a myth- might get some stares and ridicule but you won't go to jail. In the USA no religion get special treatment - that includes Christians, Jews and Muslims.

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