Google ignores Kenyan government plea

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 4 years ago

Kenya is one of the fastest developing African countries. It now seems that it is developing just as rapidly on the idea of social freedoms. A Kenyan band named Band Art was bold enough to release a same-sex song video depicting sexual acts between same-gender individuals. The Kenyan government did not take this lightly as it seeks to maintain its reserved outlook.
They launched an attack on the video and managed to ensure it does not get played on local television stations. However, they seek to take it a step further and seek to pull it down from YouTube and other streaming sites.
“Kenya must not allow its people to become the Sodom and Gomorrah of the current age through psychological drive from such content, ” warned Chief Executive of KBC channel, Ezekiel Mutua. “We have written to Google to remove the video from their platforms. We expect they will do it within one week from now to avoid further violation of the law.”
On the other hand, Google has ignored the plea and went as far as stating that the Kenyan government has no basis for asking for the video to be pulled down. The company reports that they have received such requests from governments before. They do consider pulling it down if the government has legal backing and follow the correct channels.
This is not the first time the Kenyan government has asked an internet streaming site to pull things down. Earlier this year Netflix launched, and the government tried to stop it on the basis that they could not control what people watch. However, Netflix argued that they should first look to burn YouTube. It seems the government has taken that advice.