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The governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh blocked internet access to YouTube in order to ban access to the Innocence of Muslims, the crude 14-minute anti-Islam video that has outraged many Muslims and sparked outbreaks of deadly violence against Western outposts in the region. According to Bloomberg News, the Pakistani prime minister said in a statement that YouTube had ignored his country’s requests to remove the offending video, and that “blasphemous material would not be tolerated.” Bangladesh’s largest Internet company also confirmed that his country had also blocked the popular video-sharing website.
Google, which owns YouTube, has already taken the video down in Libya and Egypt, where protests against the film first grew violent. In India and Indonesia, Google has already restricted the video to comply with state laws.
In a statement, Google said that the company had “received information from users that they are unable to access YouTube in Pakistan and Bangladesh. We have checked our networks” and found no problems.