As anti-American riots spread across the globe, Google has rejected the White House’s request to remove a controversial anti-Islam YouTube clip that sparked the violent protests.
The internet company, who own YouTube, said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya, where U.S. embassies have been stormed by protestors enraged over the depiction of the Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and philanderer.
But, despite mounting political pressure, Google are currently refusing to fully take down the clip.
On Friday, following days of escalating protests against U.S. embassies, the White House urged the Silicon Valley giant to reconsider its decision to keep a trailer of the anti-Islam film, Innocence of the Muslims, online.
Google refused to take the video down and said further restrictions of the clip were made to comply with local law rather than as a response to political pressure.
YouTube released this statement about its decision to keep up the inflammatory clip:
'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.
'This video -- which is widely available on the Web -- is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube. However, we've restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal such as India and Indonesia as well as in Libya and Egypt given the very sensitive situations in these two countries.
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