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Google blocks anti-Islam film Innocence Of Muslims in Malaysia

Published on Sep 17, 2012 2:14 PM
Malaysian Muslims shout slogans during a demonstration against the controversial film 'Innocence of Muslims' near the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 14, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Google has begun barring access in Malaysia to an anti-Islamic film that has sparked fury across the Muslim world after the country's Internet regulator lodged an official complaint.

The low-budget movie, entitled Innocence Of Muslims, has angered followers of Islam for its mocking of the Prophet Mohammed, and for portraying Muslims as immoral and gratuitously violent.

A spokesman for video-sharing site YouTube, owned by internet giant Google, told AFP on Monday that it began restricting access to clips of the privately-produced film Sunday, in line with its community guidelines.

"When videos breach those rules, we remove them. Where we have launched YouTube locally and we are notified that a video is illegal in that country, we will restrict access to it after a thorough review," he said.

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