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YouTube Bans Anti-Islam Video In Egypt, Libya

Online video giant YouTube has censored the controversial video "Innocence of Muslims," which sparked angry riots on September 11, in Libya and Egypt.

YouTube has blocked a controversial American anti-Islam video in Egypt and Libya. The (badly produced) movie trailer, Innocence of Muslims, sparked angry riots in Libya and Egypt (Update: and now in Yemen, as well), that resulted in the storming of the American Embassy in Cairo and the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three State Department employees, including an IT employee who was a well-known gaming personality. According to YouTube, the video will be "temporarily" unavailable in the two North African countries.

Earlier today, YouTube gave Fast Company a general statement reiterating its policies with regard to video content, but in a statement given to the Associated Press, YouTube said that "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, given the very difficult situation in Libya and Egypt we have temporarily restricted access in both countries. Our hearts are with the families of the people murdered in yesterday's attack in Libya."

As of press time, copies of Innocence of Muslims are widely available on YouTube in the United States.

The identity of the filmmaker, allegedly Israeli-American real estate developer Sam Bacile, is under widespread doubt. The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg discovered earlier today that Sam Bacile is a pseudonym for a non-Israeli filmmaker with relatives in Egypt whose business partner, Steve Klein, "doubt[s] he's Jewish." More importantly, the video is of a movie that may not even exist, with anti-Muslim statements dubbed over the voices of actors from what appear to be a B-movie.

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  • Tom

    So, film renders muslims as cruel and violent. And muslims are proving they are not that bad by actually killing people. Disturbing. They need new PR manager.

  • Mary Ofstead

    I think what Sam shoiuld have done on this video is shown the Disparity between a guy who knows how to surf on the ocean, or a guy that knows how to play in a band, or a guy that knows how to throw a football with smiles on their faces versus these Men who try to Excert their dominance with Anger (immaturity).

    Talking sternly to stand up for someone is not Anger. Standing up for someone as an advocate with a stern voice is not considered Anger. Angery Men are not considerate people.

    Where in the Quran does it say to kill anyone for anything?

  • David Kenmir

    My opinion is if you can't take the criticism, don't criticize.  Very interesting that we are so worried about what a third world country thinks about us and our way of life.  We have our own problems here in America to deal with.  Like our own third world thinkers.  All of the minority populations here in America think they can push their way of thinking on the rest of us.  We owe nothing to the retarded population too lazy to educate themselves and work to better themselves.  We have given them every opportunity in the past 50 years to do just that at our expense.  Like third world countries, they refused the opportunities but demand more free stuff.  We on the other hand, cave into their demands for fear of being labeled racists and give them more just to shut them up.  That is like giving a spoiled brat candy every time they scream publicly.  Now we have a third world dictator running our country.  You got what you asked for.  Just ask the minorities now about that free Obama money they thought they would get.  Ha. Ha. Ha!

  • Trent Landers

    You had me until the third to the last sentence. You are just what you are talking about...people who will not despite the fact that they can, educate themselves. Instead they rely on the opinions and dictates of others, hoping to reap the rewards of association with the "winning team". Obama is no more of a dictator than any other politician. To not employ Christian Charity to those in need even if you think he is not Christian (which is ridiculous) is what Christ would do. To retreat to the time of pre-FDR politics would be to refute the lesson the Great Depression taught us of how to economically run a nation. Even Allen Greenspan refuted his Ayn Rand based "free market" theories as fundamentally flawed by one over riding human trait...GREED. You suffer from an inferiority complex disguised as a superiority. Jesus Christ would never have advocated what you advocate. Your mission should you choose to accept it is to realize that the United States is a melting pot of nationalities in a difficult time of nationalist sentiments around the world. Diplomacy and the willingness to work for the greater good of society just as Jesus taught us is the only way to a new society of sustained conservation and prudent production.

  • Einsincity

    Really?  Why isn't more of the world offended by the other shit that comes from our country like Jersey Shore or the Kardashians?  

  • Argggg

    Even I am not a Muslim, I'd be very angry by how crappy 'movie trailer' this is... forget the religious insult this has wrought among Muslims, but this is a downright insult to all the creative people in the world!!!! Please take this down already.... Please!

  • Modelacar

    Sam Bacile is an ill informed idiot, His views are not realistic.There is but one God be his Name Alla, Buddah or Jahova is God in what ever you choice of religion is, even in pagen religions with many gods there is a Supreme God(one)  All forms of religion speak of Peace. All countries have radicals that would try to cause trouble and discontent. This is the evils spoke of in the Bible or Koran and handed down to all. So I feel that before there is peace on this world we all have to realize that there is only the one God and the evil is controlling factor of the discontents no mater where you are. Greed is one of the fuels of evil and the discontents. Freedom of choice in your religion should be available to all and wether your American, Egyption, Muslin, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish or Buddist no matter what country or religion we all need to work together to eliminate illiteracy and greed. Governments need to do this also.  So before you cause trouble or wage war READ YOUR Bible or religous guide book and try to practice it. 

  • brk

    If even YouTube is blocking it, why are you still showing it? Do you want to incite more bloodbaths? Be more culturally sensitive and responsible.

  • Daffyandy

     The only thing I see missing is, the mask that "Innocence of Muslims" use  to hide behind,  in this video. I have yet to see any video released by the press or Muslims that the teariest have not been hiding behind mask. 

  • AlwaysFree

    Look I just think it's sad that people that want freedom So bad will react so  poorly to another person's freedom of speech. Was that movie Horrid? Yes, it was. But do that have the right to do it? Yes they have every right. If you don't like it don't watch it. So all of these people need to go home before they get hurt. I would truly hate to see that, because they don't understand freedom they're gonna get themselves killed is very very sad. 

  • Emilfahmi

    Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet in the life of this world, Muhammad was assigned by the creator of the heavens and the earth, as a prophet, Muhammad did not make things that are not good as he was told by the creator of this universe (God).
    Whatever That was done by the Prophet Muhammad is certainly for the good of mankind and for the good of the whole universe is as it is a direct command from God.
    So if today or whenever there is a story or a movie or a magazine or a novel or a book that describes and explains the bad things about the Prophet Muhammad certainly it is not true ..

  • Trent Landers

    That is scripture from the Quran and has no basis in American Society and in the establishment of basic human rights whatever your religious beliefs are. The prophet Muhammad was a mortal and as such vulnerable to the human traits of misplaced intent and interpretations of what his society and his experiences in 600 A.D. made upon him. He is no more of a representative of the true word of God or Allah than you or I. What he wrote was no more than his interpretation of what he believed Allah was telling him. It was not factual and it was not time relevant, just as Christian scripture is not factual or time relevant. We can use both religions as a basis for building and understanding of what was perceived in those days but to interpret it as TRUTH is a fools journey into madness. It will never result in enlightenment nor in compassion for all human kind created by God or Allah or evolution. Religions are simply faiths...a emotional and mental need that many have for direction and hope in their existence. No more than that.

  • Rdthompsoniii

    Emil, in 1823 a young man named Joseph Smith was visited by our heavenly father and numerous other historical prophets. He was pre-destined to be a true prohet of God. See how many Muslims have convered to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You Muslims have listened to Imams with there agendas for so many generations that you may be missing the fullness of what and who God really is. Be objective and read the Book of Mormon and discover the eternal relationship between God and Man. We, as Americans, are a patient and understanding, loving people. We will not continue the rantings of inbred psychos that have infiltrated and stolen the true meaning of Islam. Police yourselves before we are forced to.  

  • Trent Landers

    You have no right to threaten to "police" anyone. Mormons are not exempt from the frailties and madness of any other people, societies or religions. The Mountain Meadows Massacres proved that and Mormon Church doctrine of excluding blacks until recent history and still excluding women within the hierarchy of the church is proof of that. Casting out all those who do not practice and  adhere to church doctrine through excommunication is further proof that Mormons do not have the necessary capacity to forgive and turn the other cheek and seek GOD's deliverance from evil. Mere mortals cannot deliver an unbeliever from his destiny, only our Lord Jesus Christ, son of God can do that. No writings of modern so called prophets like Joseph Smith or David Koresh or Muhammed have ever lead to a deliverance into sublime happiness. Isolation and exclusivity are those religions unfortunate trade marks, no different than any fundamentalist religion be it Islam, fundamentalist Christianity or Russian Orthodoxy. All modern religions separate their rising from the ashes and dust of the earth into an exalted state when that state was nothing more than the realization that Jesus Christ had let you realize that indeed you were no more than all other creations of this world. When God gave dominion over the earth, dominion was a protective state, not an exploitive state. The root meaning of dominion comes from "dome" or to cover and to protect. Domination is the act of protecting not the act of being in the ultimate control of anything. It is a transitory state of responsibility until status quo is once again reached.

  • Angelinaapps

    Aisha stayed in her parents' home for several years until she joined Muhammad and the marriage was consummated when she was nine. the so call Muhammad was 54 years old . Can it get more disgusting than this ? 
    And here what Quran says about the none believers 
    :2:191 And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.
    2:193 And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. 2:216 Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, ye know not.2:244 Fight in the way of Allah, and know that Allah is Hearer, Knower.5:33 The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.
    So you want to tell me islam is a peaceful religion ? are you kidding me ?
    And by the way TonyGirl there is more child prostitution and drugs , child abuse in muslim countries than here in USA .
    Im an iranian woman and I will give my life for USA and the freedom that it gives me .

  • Jeulcaz

    No, not all religions are crazy.  Any group of people whom don't agree with American's and our beliefs, well go back to your own country that you defend and would bleed for.  I am so tired of people who enjoy freedoms here but would not fight and give up on thing for this country who you live in. But you want to continually complain and grumble about America.  Well I happen to have been born here. And would prouldly stand with every true American against the people of Libya and Egypt that think they are so right and that we have wronged them. If I had control, not one penny would go to either one of these countries and let them support and finance their own armies. If they are tired of their extremists, then start going after them on your own, and forget any help from those you continually condemn.  America believes in freedom of Religion. Well this has been taken out of context and while we learned to respect others and their beliefs, but have not received the same courtesy. Like I said, you don't like it, don't let the door hit ya, where the Good Lord split ya.
    Peace Out!!!!!!

  • Trent Landers

    Peace has nothing to do with your diatribe. Your sentiment comes from anger and resentment. The United States Constitution does indeed give us the right to Freedom of Religion but more expressly it gives us the right of Freedom FROM Religion. That is the true meaning of the words written by the founding fathers in the Constitution and in the letters they exchanged among themselves in deciding what would best constitute protections to all people regardless of their religious beliefs or lack there of. To say that America is not a Christian nation is foolish. But to say American laws and society are built on Christian scripture is patently false. To say that Americans are not patriotic when they point out obvious and verifiable truths is a cowards way out using the spin of charlatans. Americans have numerous beliefs and far too many of them are patently false and without intellectual or factual merit. But it takes time for years of being brain washes by a religion or by a government that uses that religion to control its people to wash out of the minds of immigrants to this country. With each new generation comes a deeper understanding of the true freedoms, the basic human rights our founding fathers put forth in the constitution. Neither religious doctrine nor Constitutional doctrine is a basis of your "love it or leave it" verbosity.

  • Tonysgirl120708

    this is so stupid. I am muslim. this is not what we believe. it seems our biggest struggle is fending off nonmuslims from hating us so much and terrorizing and bullying us around.  i believe people who stereotype and believe the whole religion is based on extremists and put us down are the real terrorists. Go cover up your women and children instead of walking around naked and getting pregnant at 12 and doing drugs and alcohol by 14. you're all uneducated losers. i'm sorry to say that as i don't like to name call. but your existence is disgusting. what is depicted in this video is not true. 

  • Breezy4244

    Tonysgirl120708. After reading your post I became very angry and it just gives most Americans the reason to feel the way they do towards your religion and your people. I just read that prophet Mohamed took a bride at the age of 54 and his bride was just 9 years old. If this is true 9 years old is just a child a baby. All I see in your religion is Hate, Violence, Murder, Savages. Your religion teaches your children to hate and mine teaches of love and kindness, We are taught to love our neighbors. My God teaches to love not hate. We are not a perfect nation but we are the greatest nation on earth. Where do you think most all foreign aid comes from. It comes from most of those you call disgusting, uneducated losers, who reached deep into their pockets to help feed your people and others around the world. I am sick of people like you who always down the kindness of American people. Ready to kill because of somthing one person does, You judge everyone including the innocent. The sad part is you and your people have killed innocent people before you even stoped to ask how they felt about the video. If your people even cared they would have learned that most Americans were dicusted with the video as well. All I can do is pray for you.  

  • Bill

    hey silly rabbit,if you dont like it here go back. You are a real nut to think Americans will ever convert to your beliefs. Just go home and we wont bother you. AS far as covering up our women and children, why? We dont want  to cover up shit, thats your mind trip not ours. No name calling here, just want you to exercise YOUR options, if you dont like us just leave...please. Its pretty simple, we dont like you, you dont like us, so get out of our country...oh yeah, while your at it why not act like an animal and hurt some innocent person..