PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH have blocked Youtube after Google did not remove a trailer clip of the inflammatory, religious hate mongering film Innocence of Muslims.
The amateurish film, which fundamentalist Muslims view as blasphemous, has sparked riots in some Islamic countries and resulted in several countries asking Google to remove the film from Youtube. Now Pakistan and Bangladesh have blocked Youtube entirely after Google kept the video online.
According to Pakistan prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Google did not comply with a request to remove the video and said the website will remain blocked until Google takes the video down. Ashraf said that the "blasphemous material would not be tolerated".
Mir Mohammad Morshed, a spokesman for Bangladesh's biggest internet service provider Bangladesh Telecom, told Reuters the firm blocked Youtube last night.
Google has said it is blocking access to Innocence of Muslims in some countries, though in the case of Pakistan and Bangladesh the firm said it "received information from users that they are unable to access Youtube in Pakistan and Bangladesh". However, it also said, "We have checked our networks [and found no problems]."
Bangladesh in particular has a history of blocking websites that it believes carry anti-Islamic material. Back in 2010, the country cut off access to Facebook until the social network censored content.
Google said it complies with court orders or official government notifications to remove content from Youtube. µ
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