Should Google sensor anti-Islam video?
When Nakoula Nakoula released his now famously controversial anti-Muslim video, the world quickly started talking [Well two months later]. Although in normal situations it’s completely alright for Google to act as the arbitrator of acceptability, in this case, not so much.
When it comes to Youtube itself, the video-sharing behemoth is expected by law [specifically the Digital Mill. Copyright Act] to protect its users and their original creative material. That law alone allows any one user to report an infringement of copyright immediately to the Youtube staff; however the anti-Muslim video wasn’t all that of a copyright violation just a beliefs violation.
We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions,” YouTube said in a statement. “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 yesterday’s attack in Libya.”
- US Identifies Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Blamed for Attacks (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Porn Director Made Innocence of Muslims (newser.com)
- Google rejects White house request to ‘review’ inflammatory anti-Muslim video (rt.com)
- Man Tied to Anti-Islam Film Questioned in Parole Probe (bloomberg.com)
- Google says it won’t take down anti-Muslim clip (cnsnews.com)