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Egypt blocks YouTube over 'anti-Islam movie'

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Feb 2013 7:16 User comments (6)

Egypt blocks YouTube over 'anti-Islam movie' 'Innocence of Muslims' leads to YouTube block.
The 13 minute thoroughly-unentertaining train wreck of a "movie trailer" has actually led to an Egyptian court blocking the entire YouTube service for a month. The video - which claims to be a trailer for a longer movie - is fairly pathetic, but so is the Egyptian court's response to it.

In the Muslim world, depicting the Islamic prophet in any media is often considered blasphemous on its own, so a video depicting him as a sexual deviant and an idiot was always likely to get a response, especially when coupled with the provocative spew of its creator when he spoke to the media.

Regardless, blocking an entire service over one really stupid video is simply unbelievable, even if it is just for a month. YouTube is a public forum, it's a market place of content containing everything from brilliant educational videos, to great ideas, to downright junk. Trust me, even the most hardened person could find something that would annoy them or even anger them on YouTube.

That is the reality of free speech and free expression. When you decide to silence somebody because you don't like what they are saying, you are not only depriving them of their right to speak, you are depriving yourself of your right to hear what they have to say, regardless of how ridiculous or provocative it might be. If you don't want to listen to it, then walk away, it's really that simple. You don't have to watch videos on YouTube.

Such mass blocks of web services over a video or Facebook page, or whatever it is, is an action that comes from (and expresses) weakness, not strength.

The Egyptian court outdoes itself by claiming that YouTube "insisted on broadcasting the film insulting Islam and the Prophet, disrespecting the beliefs of millions of Egyptians and disregarding the anger of all Muslims."

YouTube does not choose what to broadcast outside of its own media content. It has community guidelines that allow members to flag content as inappropriate. In the case of the "Innocence of Muslims," users are warned that it has been flagged by YouTube users before they go ahead and watch it. YouTube is not Big Brother, it does not decide for its users what they can watch and what they can't based on whether or not their feelings will be hurt.

The Egyptian court should at least have admitted that its beef is not with YouTube, it is with free speech and free expression. It should also refrain from speaking for "all Muslims" in its decisions.

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6 user comments

110.2.2013 07:29

They had a revolution to get a more free society...then the only candidates were communists and religious control freaks. It was obvious what would happen. Their communist party actually supported the Muslim Brootherhood; they knew they could not win and they wanted a leader that would spark another revolution as soon as possible...and they admit it openly in the international press.

210.2.2013 09:21

Odd, the West was grovelling around Morsi's feet when he was saving the terrorists in Palestine from being pasted by the Israelis;a week later he proclaims himself dictator!
The sad-sacks in the West who are elected to ruin - sorry, run - their countries have no idea.

310.2.2013 09:31

what a bunch of wine asses. 1 egyptian gets pissed and blocks the whole site.

ya know what .. i don't care, that's there problem not mine. I can still watch you tube and watch, anti-Islamic movies, and watch anti- ANYTHING movies. and not care about it, even if its against american's. its just peoples opinions.

410.2.2013 09:48

As many Arabs have stated the best way to avoid something in the future like this occurring again is to just ignore it, since all this drama caused the video to go viral. It didn't deserve this much attention

Originally posted by attar:
the terrorists in Palestine from being pasted by the Israelis

Before you use the terrorists card again, Who's occupying who again ?

511.2.2013 14:18

That's all it takes to piss 'em off?

Maybe we should draw a picture of Mohammad on all our vehicles so they quit blowing them up?

616.2.2013 10:30

I am buying a fuck mohammed t-shirt!!!

And yes you can buy them from selected websites.

I am expecting a Jihad on my ass soon with the number of muslim nutters in the UK (ThaTS ALL OF THEM)...

Remember 6 million of the worlds most intelligent people dies and not a single German said anything and what did we replace them with yip 60 million of the worlds most destructive , non-creative , mysoginistic , homophobic , violent (do i really need to go on?) ...same is happening now - billions of muslims are just not saying anything about the terrorist minority so its the majority that are actually gonna cause the biggest problems for us in future!!!

Remember it well you heard it here and not for the first time folks!

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