The US government recently asked Google to remove the controversial YouTube movie which triggered the anti-US protest in the Middle East.
Google has however restricted access to the movie in sensational areas such as India and Indonesia to avoid any communal conflict. Google maintained that the restriction has been imposed to comply with the local laws and not due to some political pressure.
"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," the company said. "This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007."
The movie is reportedly produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year old Egyptian Coptic Christian living in Southern California. Nakoula has a history of crime. According to Associated Press, "Prior to his bank fraud conviction, Nakoula struggled with a series of financial problems," including a $106,000 lien filed against him in 1997 and a $191,000 tax lien in 2006.
The anti-US protest, supposedly caused by this movie, took lives of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans after a siege embassy in Benghazi.
The US government is now investigating if Nakoula violated his probation. In 2010, Nakoula pleaded no contest to federal charges of bank fraud in California and was ordered to pay $794,701 in restitution. He was also sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. He was ordered not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer.
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Phillip Martin: There's nothing sick about this movie. In bad taste, yes. Sick, no. We live in a high tech world being held hostage to old ass beliefs. Sooner or later the people protesting will have to realize the world is not going to go back and they will have to adapt there beliefs to the modern world or get left behind.