Egyptian Court Suspended YouTube For A Month Over Anti-Islam Film

YouTube is yet to come out of the controversy relating to hosting “Innocence of Muslims.” The fresh blow came from an Egyptian administrative court, which ordered the suspension of YouTube for a month on Saturday. The reason is said to be the broadcasting of the film “Innocence of Muslims” that insults the Prophet Mohammad.

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The court ordered the ministries of communication and investment in Egypt to block YouTube in the country for one month, said state news agency MENA. The ruling came from a case about the controversial film, brought to the court several months ago.

The 13-minute video, originally posted on YouTube in July 2012, was a trailer of the movie “Innocence of Muslims.” The trailer depicted the Prophet Mohammad as a fool and a sexual deviant.

The portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad in this fashion caused a series of anti-American protests Egypt, Libya and dozens of other Muslim countries in September. After the incidents, YouTube blocked the video in several countries, but continued to show the video to other regions with a warning message saying, “The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as being potentially offensive or inappropriate. Viewer discretion is advised.”

When asked about the ruling, Google responded, “We have received nothing from the judge or government related to this matter.”

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