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Anti-Islam film: YouTube rejects blanket ban on video

PTI   |  Sep 14, 2012, 10:07AM IST

Washington: A day after attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, video-sharing website YouTube on Thursday said that it had restricted access to the film both in Libya and Egypt.

"This video -- which is widely available on the Web -- is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube," a spokesman said in a statement.

"However, given the very difficult situation in Libya and Egypt we have temporarily restricted access in both countries. Our hearts are with the families of the people murdered in yesterday's attack in Libya," he added.

The video made by Israeli-American deemed as offensive to Islam was dubbed into Arabic and broadcast in part on some Egyptian-based television networks and Google-owned YouTube.

Condemning the attack on US envoy, several countries including Indonesia demanded that YouTube block the 'Innocence of Muslims' video, to prevent it from being watched around the world specially in populous Muslim nations.

Afghanistan has banned YouTube website to stop Afghans watching the film that sparked protests in Muslim nations.


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