Saturday, September 15, 2012

Special Report: Victory for free speech, YouTube refuses to pull "Innocence of Muslims"

Not bowing to the White House "suggestion" to pull the video, YouTube stands up for our right to free least for this episode.  It is a small but significant win, lets keep our eyes on the brass ring because the road is still long and we have much to do.

From Reuters September 14 by Gerry Shih

Google rejects White House request to pull Mohammad film clip

(Reuters) - Google Inc 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 the Middle East.

The Internet company said it was censoring the video in India andIndonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya, where U.S. embassies have been stormed by protestors enraged over depiction of the Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and philanderer.

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

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

1 comment:

Zener said...

Good for Google!