Google has blocked access to the inflammatory video that has sparked riots and protests throughout the middle east, to the middle east.
They did acknowledge that it does not necessarily fit the companies definition of hate speech, but their hope is to help quell the violence in the middle east.
It’s a tough line, and of course, made even more so by country borders: there is guaranteed free speech (with some exceptions of course) the U.S. The video was made in America, uploaded to an American website, but publicly available around the world.
I do have to applaud Google, and of course, they are following their own company protocol. although granted, once something is outon the Internet, I don’t know how successful they will be denying all access to it.