YouTube Blocked In Egypt Over ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Film… For One Month
It’s been close to five months since Google decided to keep the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims on YouTube, despite pressure from around the world, as well the White House, for it to be taken down as hate speech. But now, Egypt’s courts are exacting their retribution on the company.
Reuters is reporting that the court has ordered Egypt’s access to YouTube to be blocked for one month. In a statement, the court explained their reasoning by saying YouTube had “insisted on broadcasting the film insulting Islam and the Prophet, disrespecting the beliefs of millions of Egyptians and disregarding the anger of all Muslims.”
Gamal Eid, a human rights lawyer in Egypt was quoted as saying, “This verdict shows that judges’ understanding of technology is weak. The judges do not realize that one wrong post on a website does not mean you have to block the entire website.”
Egypt’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority has indicated that it will enforce the ruling, though savvy internet users will likely be able to get around it. It is unclear at this time how Google will react to the decision. Will the company allow YouTube to be blocked for a month, but keep their other services active in Egypt during that time? If Google’s history with China is any indication, they may not agree to this selective censorship.
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