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POLL: Should Google Censor Anti-Islam Videos on YouTube?

The question arises after this week's attacks in Egypt and Libya, where a U.S. Ambassador was killed.

Sept. 11 brought another type of tragedy this year: the killing of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three members of his staff, as well as attacks on an American embassy and consulate in Egypt and Libya.

The attacks were in response to a Southern California-made, anti-Islamic video posted on YouTube 

Mountain View-based Google  the offending video from viewers in Egypt and Libya hours after the attacks, and sense then has censored it in India and Indonesia, according to the San Jose Mercury News. On Friday afternoon, the company had refused to remove the video completely

Meanwhile the producer, Cerritos resident Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, has reportedly gone into hiding (For more on Nakoula, see Cerritos-Artesia Patch). 

Our question for you this week: Do YouTube and Google have a responsibility to censor anti-Islamic videos? Did they do the right thing by blocking access in the Middle East? Should they be more proactive in censoring videos in the future?  

Vote in our poll and explain your answers in the comments. What do you think and why? 

Angela September 16, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Google can do whatever it wants. I will not be watching any you tube presentations unless and until this video is pulled. I may also stop using google as a result.
Mike Meza September 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
The middle east is not ready for prime time democracy, "freedom" as US citizens understand it, or embracing the dictum "I don't like what you are saying but I will defend your right to say it." In the mean time let them persecute Christianity, women and sects not to their own liking.

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