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Google refuses White House request to remove controversial Mohammad clip

Google has refused to remove a controversial YouTube video depicting the Prophet Mohammad in a negative light, despite calls from the White House to take down the clip.

Google has refused to remove a controversial YouTube video depicting the Prophet Mohammad in a negative light, despite calls from the White House to take down the clip.

 
The video suggests that Mohammad was a fraud and philanderer, according to Reuters, and it has sparked widespread protest in the Middle East, even resulting in the deth of the US Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans at the embassy in Benghazi.
 
Despite the turmoil and the calls for the video's removal, Google is remaining defiant, stating that the clip is within its guidelines. The company has typically taken controversial stances against censorship, such as a bitter dispute in 2010 with China over censored search results.
 
 
Google has attempted to find a middle ground on this issue, however, blocking access to the video in certain countries were it is deemed illegal or might just add fuel to the fire of an already explosive situation. It issued a statement:
 
“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.”
 
Source: Reuters

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