Egyptian protesters burn the US flag during a demonstration against the American anti-Islam film on September 12, 2012.
A US judge has ruled to maintain on the Internet the anti-Islam film clip that has outraged the entire Muslim world despite a plea by one of the film’s actresses to take it down.
A California Judge denied on Thursday the plea by Cindy Lee Garcia, one of the participants in the Islamophobic film, for its removal from the YouTube site, insisting that she was fraudulently deceived into playing in the blasphemous movie.
Garcia sued the producer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who, according to US authorities, has numerous aliases, alleging that she is a victim of fraud, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of her likeness.
In her legal complaint, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, she also sued YouTube and its parent company, Google. She has charged that the company caused her irreversible damage by not removing the derogatory film clip from its site, requesting a judge to order the trailer be taken off the Internet site immediately.
On Thursday, however, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin ruled that the powerful US company can maintain the insulting film clip up online, denying Garcia's request for a temporary restraining order.
Last week, the actress reportedly told US media outlets that she had been unaware the filmmaker dubbed over the original dialogue in the movie and had inserted anti-Islam conversation.
Google claims that its policy is to remove content only if it represents hate speech, violating its terms of service, or in response to US government request or court orders.
The American company, however, asserted that it did not consider the highly offensive Islamophobic video, demonizing Muslims and their highly-revered prophet, as a hate piece.
The Google statement comes as millions of protesters across the Muslim world clearly considered the video as one of the most inflammatory material content to circulate on the Internet.
From Afghanistan to Libya, security forces and authorities have been struggling to control an outpouring of popular outrage over the video.
Google’s action, according to US observers, has raised fundamental questions about the control that Internet companies have over online expression.
Outrage is growing across the Muslim world over the $5-million movie that was reportedly financed by more than 100 Zionist Jews.