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Google Refuses to Remove Anti-Muslim YouTube Video (Mashable)
White House officials on Friday asked YouTube to review an anti-Muslim video cited as fueling violent protests worldwide, but according to The New York Times, the Google-owned site doesn’t have any intention of taking it down. Google told the publication that the “Innocence of Muslims” video does not violate terms of service for YouTube regarding hate speech because it is focused on the Muslim religion and not the people who practice it. Forbes The protests, which started in Africa and moved into the Middle East, have now spread into China, Great Britain, Germany and Australia. Google said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia, and has already blocked it in Egypt and Libya, where U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed inside the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. Reuters Google said it was further restricting the clip to comply with local law rather than as a response to political pressure. “This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007,” the company said. CNET This is not the first time that a U.S. tech company has found itself at the center of a political storm. Nor is it likely to be the last. But earlier cases centered around the sometimes awkward interaction between the technology industry and nondemocratic regimes. The New York Times The controversy over the video has raised questions about the role of Google in governing free expression by determining which content is acceptable to show online and which is not. The company does not police videos uploaded to the site because of the sheer volume involved; 72 hours of videos are uploaded each minute. continued…

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