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President Pranab Mukherjee condemns anti-religious videos on social media

NEW DELHI: Condemning ‘in the strongest of terms’ the making of an offensive anti-Islam video and its dissemination through social media, President Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday the External Affairs Ministry is in touch with US officials who share Indian concerns on the matter. "Google India has, in compliance with Indian law, blocked access to the offensive material," he said.


Mukherjee also said India can never condone any act which disparages religious sentiments or hurts religious feelings.


The President’s remarks came during a media interaction during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir.


However, Google has said it will not remove the YouTube video that has been cited as the spark for demonstrations raging across the Middle East and North Africa.
 
The decision came following a White House request for the trailer for ‘Innocence of Muslims’ to be reviewed under the company’s policies.


However, Google has restricted access of the video to some countries which have found it offensive or where it has led to violence. These include India and Indonesia, as well as “Libya and Egypt given the very sensitive situations in these two countries," a Google spokesperson said.

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