Report: Google Declines White House Request To Take Down Controversial Mohammed Video In The US

The White House reportedly requested that Google reconsider its decision to keep up the controversial video of Mohammed that sparked protests, and a deadly attack on the US Embassy in Libya, in the United States. But the search giant, which owns and operates YouTube, declined, though it has already taken down the video in Libya, Egypt, Indonesia and India — where it says the video’s content violates local laws. it remains available elsewhere.

The video, titled “The Innocence of Muslims,” depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a philanderer and fraud, deeply offending followers of the Muslim religion, which forbids even depicting Mohammed at all. However, Google told media outlets that the content doesn’t violate its terms of service in the US, so it will stay up.

In this situation, Google is put in the difficult position of trying to avoid contributing to violence — four U.S. Embassy employees were killed in Libya by people angry over the video — while also honoring free speech rights. Typically, Google has only taken down content in response to requests by copyright holders or law enforcement agencies, rather than policing them itself proactively.

The controversy highlights the important role of advertising-supported internet media in significant world events. Twitter, too, found itself in a politically-charged situation this week, finally agreeing to hand over an Occupy protestor’s tweets in response to a judge’s subpoena.

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  • Sol Briks

    Let those jackasses grow up.. the imams are riling up the ignorant masses to destabilize the budding democracy movement. They have to learn about free speech and learn to control their behavior.. Its time to make a stand with the islamo-fascists.

  • Steve Renn

    Yeah lets show the extremists that all they have to do is kill a few people and we’ll bend over backwards to do what they want.

    What about next time someone draws a comic with Mohammed in it? All the extremists have to do is kill 4-5 Americans and we’ll have it pulled from the shelves? That’s the worst “slippery slope” you would ever want to get on.

    America needs to stand strong and show that we won’t cater to the whims of extremist groups due to violence.

  • Rajesh Magar

    It’s really horrible and I not assure with the above statement that video is been taken down in India too. As their almost 1 hour of video clip online on youtube and it’s completely accessible.

    Here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgx1_JVxfZE

  • http://www.facebook.com/mahjoubworld Ali Mahjoub

    The guy who made this nusty extremely insulting video is an idiot! He need to be thrown in jail for a long time to learn his lesson. He is responsible for the many lives that were lost because of his stupidity. There is no respect! I didn’t see Muslims mocking with Jesus or Jewish prophets, Muslims infact deeply respect and revere Jesus and all Jewish prophets. Idiots like this guy are no different than extremists who seek to hurt and hate!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mahjoubworld Ali Mahjoub

    Yes! America need to stand up for justice, respect and peace, and punish those idiots who don’t respect the law and their neighbors!

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