After a memo by Khaleequr, Google continues blocking anti-Islam film URL on YouTube in India
OT, September 15, 2012 03:56 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
Search engine giant Google continues with its move to block URLs of the controversial anti-Islam movie Innocence of Muslims on YouTube in India. It has been alleged that deadly protests were sparked all over the Middle East and other Muslim countries only after excerpted 14-minute video of the “blasphemous” movie was uploaded on the YouTube.
A few newspapers ran a story based on AFP report that had quoted an anonymous Google executive as saying: “We do, at times, block content in response to a court order or other valid legal process. We have blocked access to the YouTube page in the Indian domain.”
Hyderabad-based INC leader Mohammed Khaleequr Rahman, who on Friday had submitted a memorandum to Google in Hyderabad demanding ban on the URL, told OKHLA TIMES that the search engine giant is continuing its process to block all the URLs. “The process of blocking has already begun by YouTube and the original video which was uploaded has already been blocked. The shared videos are being filtered by YouTube and being blocked,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Till 9:45 AM today in a search on YouTube, many shared videos of the controversial movie surfaced in India. The top clip had some 444,045 views two days posted by some unknown group StandupAmericanow. The next clip read: Sam Bacile Muhammad movie full HD…and in it had 1,751,947 views two days ago. It appears that it may take Google more time to permanently block all the URLs of the $5 million anti-Prophet movie screened in a small theater in Los Angeles, United States, in the summer.
Okhla resident and RLD Delhi Pradesh general secretary Javed Iqbal Khan appreciated the move taken by Khaleequr and others. He said: “I think that it was the right move to peacefully approach Google officials and request them to block the URLs that when watched will certainly hurt sentiments of Muslims in India. There is no need to resort to violence. We don’t need to punish innocent people for the crime committed by somebody else in America. It is un-Islamic.”
Earlier, Khaleequr wrote on Facebook: “Dear Friends, I am happy to inform you that as the news have just come in that Some URLs on which the clips of a controversial film have been blocked in India. The Youtube URLs have been blocked by Google.
“Google has also blocked the movie in Egypt and Libya. YouTube, owned by Google Inc, said it had blocked access in Egypt and Libya. We welcome this decision of the Youtube and hope that it will be blocked in the entire world and will be removed from its servers.
“It may be mentioned here that we had submitted a memorandum on Sept 14, at the Google office in Hyderabad which they had forwarded to their head quarters.
Thanks Google and the friends...”
Facebook user Sayeed Haroon wrote: “Wow salute to you Khaleeq bh you had done a great job by approaching Google and we have seen results.”
Sayeed Haroon wrote: “We appreciate you care…”
Asif Kareem wrote: “This is an effort worth a standing ovation...good luck.”
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