Egypt court orders Youtube block over blasphemous film

CAIRO: A court in Egypt on Saturday ordered that video-sharing website YouTube be blocked for a month for hosting an anti-Islam film that triggered deadly outrage across the Muslim world last year.

The court ruled the authorities must take measures to block access to the site for a month, after a complaint by an Egyptian who accused YouTube of being a “threat to social peace” by putting the US-made film on line.

The crudely made sacrilegious video “Innocence of Muslims” sparked a wave of angry anti-American protests across the Middle East in which more than 30 people were killed.

There was no immediate comment on the ruling on Saturday from the government spokesman in Cairo.

YouTube, a subsidiary of US Internet giant Google, has been blocked in Pakistan since December for refusing to heed Islamabad’s call to remove the controversial video.

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