YouTube blocks video inciting violence in Egypt

NEW YORK — YouTube has blocked a video attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad in Egypt, where angry protests were sparked by outrage at the video.

Ultraconservative Muslims enflamed by the video stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner. Later Tuesday evening, protesters in Libya burned down the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, killing the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three members of his staff.

YouTube has continued to leave the video on its site, but has blocked access to it in Egypt. The Google-Inc.-owned video site did not immediately comment Wednesday.

The 14-minute video is a trailer to an amateurish, low-budget movie titled "Innocence of Muslims," which depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse.


kevin 3 years ago

So where is our "freedom of speech" going? Down the tubes like everything else? There have been such films on the internet for years. This isn't what caused the killings, but a planned terrorist attack. What is just as bad as this is the fact we keep sending borrowed tax money to our enemies in the Middle East. Is Obama part of the problem by helping his Muslim friends over our good?


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