Google defies government; refuses to remove controversial anti-Islam video on YouTube

The intense pressure coming from the Obama administration to curtail free speech and intimidate citizens into keeping quiet isn't affecting Google, owner of YouTube. Politico: Google will leave a controversial video clip about the Islamic prophet Muhammad on YouTube despite a White House request that the company review it under its own policies, the company said Friday. The White House confirmed Friday that it asked Google to review whether the clip violated its policies and should be taken down. Google decided that the video does not violate its policies. "We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions," a YouTube spokeswoman 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, we've restricted access to it in countries where...(Read Full Post)

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