The longstanding temporary ban on Youtube is being forced in Egypt soon. The country’s highest administrative court has ruled that officials must block the streaming video site for a month along with “all” links playing the video after it allowed the 2012 anti-Islamic video Innocence of Muslims. The Islamic world was outraged with this short film depicting the Prophet Mohammed and led to a 2013 Egyptian case demanding the ban, but the appeal process has kept the ruling in limbo for the past five years.
YouTube was asked to comment on the ruling which yet to be enforced. Unlike in 2013, this decision is final and can’t be overturned.
The furor has clearly died down in six years so this ban has lost its intended effect. With greater willingness to isolate or remove hateful videos, youtube has changed a lot since 2012 too. This is now more of a symbolic punishment than a bid to make YouTube change its ways, and it’ll, unfortunately, affect millions of people in the process.