The Afghan government on Wednesday banned YouTube to prevent people from watching an anti-Islam film that sparked a violent anti-American demonstration in Libya which killed the US ambassador.
"Following instructions by the ministry of information and culture, the ministry of communication has ordered all service providers to block YouTube access," communications ministry official Aimal Marjan told AFP.
The film, produced by California-based American-Israeli Sam Bacile, which critics say demeans Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, has sparked outrage amongst many of the Muslim community. Going viral late Monday, the film has resulted in protests at the US embassies in Cairo and Libya.
The attacks late Tuesday on the Libyan embassy has resulted in the death of US ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with three other embassy staff.