Google Rejects White House Request to Remove Controversial ‘Innocence of Muslims’


Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to remove a controversial anti-Islam YouTube clip that has caused anti-American protests in the Middle East.

The film, produced by 55-year old Egyptian Coptic Christian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, depicts the Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and philanderer and has set of protests in Egypt and Libya which saw the U.S. embassies swarmed.

Google has said that it had blocked the video in Egypt and Libya, and was now censoring it in India and Indonesia as well to abide by local law. However, the company said that the film was within YouTube’s terms of service and there was no need to remove it.

“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.

On Friday the U.S. said that they were investigating Nakoula and whether or not he had violated his probation after being released from prison for bank fraud in 2011.

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