anti-Muslim film posted to the site that has been blamed for igniting the
violent protests this week in the Middle East.
said the White House has “reached out to YouTube to call the video to their
afternoon, and it is posted many other places on the Internet.
not immediately returned Friday. On Wednesday, a YouTube spokesperson said the
video “is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube.”
access in Libya and Egypt because of the unrest. “We work hard to create a
community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different
opinions. This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be
offensive elsewhere,” the spokesperson said.
full-length film produced in the United States, has been cited as a cause for
the some of the violent unrest in several Middle Eastern countries, including
Egypt and Yemen. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday that
investigators have no evidence that the protests were caused by anything other
than the video.
to be reprehensible and disgusting,” Carney said. “That in no way justifies any
violent reaction to it, but this is not a case of protest directed at the
United States writ large or at U.S. policy. This is in response to a video that
is offensive and — to Muslims. Again, this is not in any way justifying
violence. And we’ve spoken very clearly out against that and condemned it.
the president is making sure in his conversations with leaders around the
region that they are committed, as hosts to diplomatic facilities, that — to
protect both personnel and buildings and other facilities that are part of the
U.S. representation in those countries.”
Source: The Washington Post