Report: Obama Administration Asks YouTube to Review 'Innocence of Muslims' Video
Updated: Controversial video has spurred wave of anti-American violence in Middle East
By B&C Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/14/2012 12:31:14 PMaccording to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
The 14-minute anti-Muslim video, which depicts Mohammed as a womanizer and murderer, among other things, is said to have set off a wave of anti-American attacks in Libya, where U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed earlier this week, violence that has spread to other Middle Eastern countries like Egypt, Yemen and Bangladesh.
YouTube has blocked access to the video in Egypt and Libya, but earlier this week said that the video was within its guidelines, according to its reports, and remains available on its site in the U.S.
Update 6:15 p.m. ET: Reuters reports that Google, which owns YouTube, has rejected the administration's request to pull the film clip from its site, though it is censoring it in India and Indonesia because of local law.
Mixed feelings on this one. I don't want freedom of speech compromised because of the feelings of some in other parts of the world, many of whom have access to limited information and thus a limited view of the world. That being said, You Tube is a private company and censors content all the time for a variety of reasons. Of course the film is extremely distasteful, but so are many, many things posted on the web. Unfortunately, people are disrespectful and hurtful all the time, especially on the web where they hide behind their keyboard.
I'd prefer the cultures in these countries take a more tolerant view and accept freedom of speech, religion and tolerate other viewpoints, but will that happen overnight?
This incident could be an important watermark of dialogue between East & West. Either way I'll guarantee you this type of thing will happen more and more as people have realized it's manipulative power for their particular cause, which is sowing discord. Has there ever been a film lampooning Buddha? or God? Why didn't that spark violence? Maybe, if it happens again and again, it will eventually lose it's potency. Maybe the answer is more, not less? Just a crazy (and I suppose a potentially deadly?) thought.
Punk Outlaw Productions - 9/15/2012 12:01:23 PM EDT
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