YouTube defends free speech but restricts video in Egypt and Libya

YouTube: Restricting access to online film in Libya, Egypt following attack - The Washington Post: "The Google-operated video site has has made it clear in the past that it has a firm commitment to free speech — its role in the Arab Spring is a testament to that stance — and has a high bar for taking off videos that could be seen as expressing political opinions, no matter how unpopular. In a statement circulated to the press Tuesday night, a YouTube spokesperson said, “We take great care when we enforce our policies and try to allow as much content as possible while ensuring that our Community Guidelines are followed.”"

YouTube restricts video access over Libyan violence - YouTube on Wednesday announced it was restricting access to a controversial video that has been blamed for inciting violence in Libya and protests in Egypt. The video, a film trailer mocking the Muslim faith, will not be accessible via YouTube in Libya and Egypt, the company said in a statement issued to CNN. "We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions," YouTube said by e-mail. "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."

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