The White House is rejected by YouTube to remove Innocence of Muslims video as Google refused to comply with the US government in keeping an anti-Islamic video on YouTube.
However, the US government did ask Google to “review the video” and reassess whether the trailer qualified as hate speech, which is against YouTube’s terms of service. Yet, upon review, Google stated that the clip was well within the guidelines specified on YouTube and would therefore not remove the video.
Google has restricted the video in certain countries, however, as in certain places like India, Indonesia, and some Middle Eastern countries, videos like the Innocence of Muslims are deemed as illegal. Google also voluntarily blocked the video in Egypt and Libya, as the situations in those regions are extremely volatile at the present. The search engine company made a statement saying, “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.”
The video has become infamous for degrading the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as it depicted him as a fraud and philanderer. The film was made by a Coptic Christian living in Southern California. Since the films release and trailer video, the US embassies in Libya, Egypt and Yemen were stormed by violent mobs protesting against the movie, where US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the protest attack on the consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday. Moreover, since the films release, anti-American sentiments have been growing and expanding all over in the Middle East.
White House is Rejected by Youtube to Remove Innocence Of Muslims Video.