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60 Seconds: Freedom of Speech in the Digital Age

On September 11, tension in Libya over an inflammatory film trailer on YouTube came to a head when an angry mob stormed the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi and killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Fiery protests against the video, which depict the Prophet Muhammed involved in violent and lewd acts, have spread across the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Thirty people are reported to have died as a result.

In light of the protests, the White House has urged Google to remove the video from its subsidiary YouTube. Last week, YouTube blocked access to the video in Egypt and Libya, citing its community guidelines, which encourage free speech but do not allow “hate … speech which attacks or demeans a group.”

Mission Local asks, should the White House pressure Google to remove the inflammatory film trailer?

  1. No body has a right to hinder free speech in this country. Other countries should not be able to intimidate the values this country stands for even if they disagree. If people want to protest the film the way we protest in this country, fine and well, but using this as an excuse to censor the internet in order to cave in to the wishes of those who are still new to the internet and it’s inherent freedoms need to grow up and realize that you do not possess the right to not be offended in life ever. That’s just ridiculous.