YouTube Blocked In Saudi To Stop Anti-Islam Film

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YouTube said Tuesday that it was stopping users in Saudi Arabia from viewing an anti-Islam video that has sparked protests across the Muslim world, after the kingdom's press agency reported that the ruler had banned all access to the film and the site appeared to be blocked there.

 A Libyan follower of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades chants carries the Brigades flag, with arabic writing reads " There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger, Ansar al-Shariah" ,during a protest in front of the Tibesti Hotel, in Benghazi, Libya, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Ansar al-Shariah is among the most powerful of the heavily armed militias that the government relies on to keep security in Benghazi. Suspicion in last week's deadly attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya has focused on members of a hardcore Islamist militia known for its sympathies to al-Qaida, its fierce animosity to the U.S. and its intimidation of Muslims who don't conform to its strident ideology.

YouTube said Tuesday that it was stopping users in Saudi Arabia from viewing an anti-Islam video that has sparked protests across the Muslim world, after the kingdom's press agency reported that the ruler had banned all access to the film and the site appeared to be blocked there.

The online video sharing site said that it was preventing "Innocence of Muslims" from being seen on its site in Saudi Arabia after being notified by the government there that the clip is breaking the country's laws.

Google Inc., YouTube's owner, has blocked access to the video in Libya and Egypt following violence there, and in Indonesia and India because it says the video broke laws in those countries.

The Saudi Press Agency said that the kingdom had sent a request to Google to "veil" all links containing the video, which was produced in the United States and which ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.

The agency said King Abdullah had directed that all websites and links that accessed the video should be blocked. An Associated Press reporter in Saudi Arabia reported that the online video sharing site was inaccessible that evening.