‘Innocence of Muslims,’ Video That Sparked Middle East Protest, Ordered Off YouTube

'Innocence of Muslims,' Video That Sparked Middle East Protest, Ordered Off YouTube

The 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that Google must take down the controversial video

A judge for the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled on that Google must remove from YouTube the 14-minute video, “Innocence of Muslims,” which sparked outrage across the Middle East in late 2012 thanks to its menacing depiction of the Prophet Mohammed as a child molester and killer.

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The ruling gives Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who says her lines were dubbed over and that she did not ever consent to be part of the film in its final form, a long-sought but temporary victory.

“Garcia was duped into providing an artistic performance that was used in a way she never could have foreseen,” Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in his opinion. “Her unwitting and unwilling inclusion in ‘Innocence of Muslims’ led to serious threats against her life.”

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The New York Times reported in December that, as initially claimed by the State Department, the attacks on the US embassy in Benghazi were inspired in large part by the inflammatory video. Four people were killed in the attack.

Google plans on appealing the ruling, on the grounds that infringes on its First Amendment rights.

  • kevin72132003

    Wouldn't it be fair to point out that reports that the attacks in Benghazi “were inspired in large part” by this video were entirely false?

  • stevie68a

    All religion is a delusion. The hate and violence it provides
    only proves how dangerous it is. christianity has been in
    a dormant state, and it's only a matter of time, that it
    shows the same lunacy as islam. Time to get rid of this
    divisive filth.

  • Jack London

    What sparked the planned terrorist attack on Christopher Stevens at the Benghazi compound whas not a video.It was Hilary and Obama and their dirty dealings with Syrian terrorist criminals that we the United States have been providing weapons and monies to.We are helping forces that are evil and the same forces that are killing Jews and Americans all over the world.Why are we doing this?