Google said that they will not take down the anti-Islam movie even if White House requested it. The video found in YouTube, called “Innocence of Muslims,” has caused brutal protests in several Arab nations as it portrayed hate towards Islam and its founder Muhammad.
Google said that the video does not violate its rule against hate speech because the video was against Islam and not the Muslim people. However, the video is banned in places such as Indonesia and India where local laws have been violated.
Google had the initiative to temporarily block the hate video in Egypt and Libya, where the situation has gotten worst. Close to twenty other countries have protested against the video, including Australia and some countries in North Africa.
The decision to ban the video in Egypt and Libya can be justified in YouTube’s 2007 policy which extends taking into account cultural norms, and not just laws and policies.
Given the intense reaction to the video in some countries, Google’s role in figuring out which video is suitable for online viewing has been put into question.
Google can’t monitor all videos that come in, simply because of the huge number of videos being uploaded on a daily basis. On average, that number is close to 104,000 hours of video per day.
Google will only review videos that have been flagged by users as being inappropriate, or if a state government requests that the video be removed.