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Google Refuses to Remove Anti-Muslim YouTube Video (Mashable)
White House officials on Friday asked YouTube to review an anti-Muslim video cited as fueling violent protests worldwide, but according to The New York Times, the Google-owned site doesn’t have any intention of taking it down. Google told the publication that the “Innocence of Muslims” video does not violate terms of service for YouTube regarding hate speech because it is focused on the Muslim religion and not the people who practice it. Forbes The protests, which started in Africa and moved into the Middle East, have now spread into China, Great Britain, Germany and Australia. Google said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia, and has already blocked it in Egypt and Libya, where U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed inside the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. Reuters Google said it was further restricting the clip to comply with local law rather than as a response to political pressure. “This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007,” the company said. CNET This is not the first time that a U.S. tech company has found itself at the center of a political storm. Nor is it likely to be the last. But earlier cases centered around the sometimes awkward interaction between the technology industry and nondemocratic regimes. The New York Times The controversy over the video has raised questions about the role of Google in governing free expression by determining which content is acceptable to show online and which is not. The company does not police videos uploaded to the site because of the sheer volume involved; 72 hours of videos are uploaded each minute.
Faced With Financial Penalty, Twitter Hands Over Protestor’s Tweets (AllTwitter)
Looks like we spoke too soon – Twitter is backing down and handing over Malcom Harris’ tweets to prosecutors. After being faced with potentially stiff fines for noncompliance, Twitter is said to have handed over the information on Friday. The Wall Street Journal Manhattan criminal court judge Matthew Sciarrino agreed not to look at the three months’ worth of tweets that Harris wrote around the time of his Oct. 1 arrest until another justice decides on his lawyer’s request for a stay next week. “If no stay is granted on Sept. 21, I will spend my birthday, Sept. 22, reviewing the documents,” the judge said. Los Angeles Times Whether the Occupy protests will have any lasting impact, as some have begun to question, the Twitter case suggests that the movement’s ripple effect is continuing. Some believe the case will test the willingness of Internet companies to challenge government efforts to obtain user information.
Pinterest Rival Fancy Gets into Group Gifting (GigaOM)
New York-based social commerce platform Fancy is rolling out a new option that lets users organize group gifts. The startup also announced a new partnership with American Express that it says could mark the beginning of an extended relationship.
The Windows Phone 8 Lockscreen Will Sport Facebook and Twitter Notifications (The Next Web)
The fine folks over at Plaffo spotted two important points on the lockscreen of Windows Phone 8 devices in released videos: the inclusion of Facebook and Twitter notifications. It was previously known that Skype would also be featured.
Want Your Photo Featured on Instagram? Join The Weekend Hashtag Project (SocialTimes)
Fancy yourself a photographer? You’ll want to check out Instagram’s Weekend Hashtag Project, a weekly series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team.
Line Already Forming in New York for iPhone 5 (CNET)
Demand for the iPhone 5 appears to be white hot. People hoping to buy the handset — swaddled in sleeping bags or heavy coats — are already camping out overnight in front of Apple’s 5th Avenue store, also known as the Cube.
New Haven, Facebook Spar Over City’s Page Name (AllFacebook)
New Haven Register reported that Facebook contacted the city several weeks ago and asked it to change the page’s name, which was New Haven, CT, at the time. The city’s solution, however, did not pass muster with Facebook, which notified it that the page’s new name, City of New Haven, ran afoul of its rules, as well, according to the Register.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Twitter and Politics (USA Today)
Lawrence O’Donnell, who normally tapes his MSNBC show in New York, met with USA Today during a recent week of shows in Los Angeles, to discuss the role of technology in politics. “What’s affecting it now, more than anything else, is Twitter. There’s something about the power of influential correspondents tweeting something that has become the fastest way to get a story moving,” he said.
Cat Uses Facebook to Paw His Way into Canadian Mayoral Election (BetaBeat)
Social media has played an increasingly important role in elections over the years – just ask the Obama campaign for confirmation on that. But there’s one frisky feline who’s using the platform to drum up support for a Halixfax mayoral campaign.