White House asks YouTube to review anti-Islam video
Washington: Hit by spiraling tide of anti-American protests in the Muslim world, the White House on Saturday asked Google-owned YouTube to review continued uploading of a controversial film deemed offensive to Islam.
However, officials emphasised that this was not any move to block the controversial video.
At the same time, the US reiterated its commitment to freedom of expression and speech and declined to take any action against banning or blocking this video, akin to that of several countries like India, Pakistan and Indonesia.
Google has maintained that it is blocking the video in India and Indonesia at the requests of their government in compliance with local law.
"We`ve restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal such as India and Indonesia, as well as in Libya and Egypt, given the very sensitive situations in these two countries," Google said.
"This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007," it said.
According to The Washington Post, a company official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe internal thinking at Google, said: "Dealing with controversial content is one of the biggest challenges we face as a company."
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