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  • Annie Thrasher says:

    I think that since YouTube hasn’t had an order from either country that they have no right or reasoning behind blocking the video. The person who posted it was well within their right of the FIrst Amendment, YouTube even said it themselves. It may be offensive to some people, but if it had been a problem the countries that it affected would surely have notified YouTube and asked them to restrict it in their country. I think that YouTube is just acting on it’s own beliefs, which, while it might seem to them as a good deed, it is probably still considered a violation of the filmmaker’s and actor’s First Amendment rights.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:28 am
  • Jacob Cousins says:

    I disagree, Google should not have to censor the anti-islam video it is protected by freedom of speech. The person who made the video should not have made the video since it violates his probation. The video expresses the way he feels about the islam religion and it should not be censored. I do not agree with the way it was handled in the Middle East, but that does not been Google should have to take it off Youtube. The video didn’t violate Google’s policies, so there is no reason they should have to take it down. The person who made the video should be criminally prosecuted for violating his probation.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:29 am
  • Troy McDermott says:

    I don’t think that google should censor the video. Just because it is offensive to some people doesn’t mean that everyone finds the video offensive. Nobody is forcing the Islamic community to watch the video and I feel that more people have been made aware of it through their protest. If they truly believe in their religion they shouldn’t let something as silly as a youtube video cause them to hold mass protest. Also the video isn’t in violation of any youtube or international copyright laws, therefore the only person muslims can be mad at is the actual video uploader, and if he doesn’t want to take the video down then he doesn’t have to. I think google made the right decision by blocking it in certain countries and if muslims in other countries don’t want to see it they can contact their government or google and request to have it blocked in their country as well.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:30 am
  • Dani Martin says:

    I think that the video should be banned, or censored, because if it’s something that’s going to cause riots and possibly war against the offending country than it should definitely be taken down. Although, taking away freedom of speech can be an issue, with something as huge as people being killed people should do everything to prevent that from happening.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:34 am
  • Maddie Baxter says:

    • Production and content of Youtube videos is up to the creator of said video
    • While content might be offensive, it is not illegal
    • The government should not be responsible for deciding if a Youtube video is acceptable or not
    • If a video is offensive, it should be the creators responsibility to take it down
    • The viewers choose to watch offensive content, the choice should not be made by the government
    September 17, 2012 at 8:37 am
  • Emily Hobbs says:

    Should Google censor an anti-Islam video? Yes, because it’s part of their religion, and YouTube should respect that. The Constitution allows freedom of religion, and even though Islam isn’t the dominate belief in America, there are some people who practice Islam. Because of the Constitution, they have the right to ask YouTube to take down/block the video. Although YouTube does have freedom of speech to leave the video up, the respectful thing to do would be to take it off the Internet. All the people want is for the video to come down, and if it comes down, there will be less violence and they wouldn’t have attacked the embassy.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:38 am
  • Hope Spoonhower says:

    An insulting anti-islam video was uploaded to a social media Sunday, September 16. The debate over whether the video should be taken down immediately came to question after a violent attack on the US ambassador was held. I don’t believe the video should be taken down due to the Freedom of Speech Act. Everyday offensive things are said or posted, but the killing of a US ambassador crosses the line. Shouldn’t the focus not be on the video but on what happened as a result of the video? The video does not violate the Terms and Services of Youtube; therefore, I don’t see the issue. It may be wrong and insulting, but it has every right to be posted.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:40 am
  • RyanStanley says:

    Should Google Censor An Anti-Islam Video? The simple answer is no. Google should not be allowed to indiscriminately choose what should be or should not be allowed to be viewed on the web. The video followed Youtube’s guidelines and there was no legal reason that it should have been taken down, other than that it was offensive. Problem is, this is not a simple problem. The video is offensive, really offensive, and Google would seem to be protecting the interests of its viewers by censoring this video. But you have to consider whether google has the right to indiscriminately censor or not. The video is freedom of speech, no matter how bad it is, and one could argue that google is infringing on the first amendment rights.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:42 am
  • Adrian Miller says:

    Should Google have the right to censor videos? I think that no they should not be able to do this for the reasons they have stated in the article. It sounds as if they have no other reason besides thinking they are doing what is best for the Libyan and Egyptian people. It may be offensive but the damage has already been done and giving it more attention just adds fuel to the fire that is already blazing out of control.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:43 am
  • Ebony Braxton says:

    Yes, I do believe that Google should censor the anti-Islam video. This is because it is a very offensive thing to be making, number one. Number two, if there was an anti-America video it might be viewed as a terrorist video attack. The fact that the video was made in the United States and slandering the Islamic people should lead to consequences toward the person that made it. As for Google, if they feel like it doesn’t need to be banned, then they can at least censor it.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:45 am
  • Clay Gregory says:

    There was an anti-Islam video that started protests in Egypt and Libya because it “crudely characterized the Prophet Mohammed.” I think that even if it did offend the Muslims Prophet it’s still legal in America where the video was created. The video followed You Tubes Terms and Services policy so they had the right to post it. Our right to free speech is very important but when people are killed its taking it too far. Google “was based not on an order by either government but on its own concerns” to block the video in Egypt and Libya to try to help further deaths and protests. You Tube has not received any word from any government to take the video down so they will not take it down. The right to free speech is whats important here and the creators of that video had every right to.

    September 17, 2012 at 8:51 am

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