An Egyptian court has blocked YouTube for one month due to the controversy surrounding the film, Innocence Of Muslims.
The film, which depicts the prophet Muhammad as a molester, sparked violence in several Muslim countries. Google did not remove the film from YouTube because it did not violate community standards. CNet reports that Google did, however, block the film in countries that complained about the movie’s contents.
At the time, YouTube said:
A statement from YouTube reads:
“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, 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. This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007.”
But since Google did not completely remove the film from YouTube Egypt has decided to ban the website for one month. According to Yahoo News, Egypt’s new constitution includes a ban on insulting “religious messengers and prophets.”
Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered today at a court in Cairo to block YouTube for one month for hosting a film that was “offensive to Islam and the Prophet (Muhammad).”