This ruling is purely symbolic, as YouTube will still be YouTube after the one-month ban has expired. But note that YouTube, as well as the other social media giants, are busy anyway, closing off their platforms to everything and everyone that is considered critical of Islam. Egypt is demanding this today, and tomorrow it will be France. And then the next day…
“Top Egypt court orders temporary YouTube ban over Prophet Mohammad video,” Reuters, May 27, 2018:
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s top administrative court ruled on Saturday that regulators must block the video file-sharing site YouTube for one month over a video that denigrates the Prophet Mohammad, a lawyer who filed the case told Reuters.
A lower administrative court had ordered that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology block YouTube, owned by Google, in 2013 over the video, but the case was appealed and its ruling stayed during the appeal process….
The film “Innocence of Muslims”, a low-budget 13-minute video, was billed as a film trailer and made in California with private funding. It provoked a wave of anti-American unrest in Egypt and other Muslim countries when it appeared in 2012.
Mohamed Hamid Salem, a lawyer who filed the case in 2013, said the ruling also orders that all links that broadcast the film be blocked.
The ruling is considered final and cannot be appealed.