Feb 9, 2013
Egypt’s Administrative court has ruled today February 9 of social video network YouTube to be banned in Egypt for 30 days for not removing the controversial anti-Islam film, The Innocence of Islam. The ruling also included any website that showed and/or aided in the sharing of the video.
The Egyptian government has started its calls for Google, YouTube’s owner, to remove the low-budget film since it first attracted the attention and caused ringing controversies last September, Google has responded by banning the video in Egypt but refused to take it down because, as it expressed, it didn’t violate YouTube’s policies.
“We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions. This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video–which is widely available on the Web–is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube. 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 Tuesday’s attack in Libya” Was Youtube’s response back in September.
Pulling the plug on social media websites à la Mubarak regime has been met with rising objections since the revolution. The government banning such a vital network might have its consequences on the Egyptian already ignited scene.
Until time of writing, YouTube is still accessible on Egyptian territories; Ministry of Communication still to execute the ban verdict.
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