Arab activists have launched a campaign for a mass boycott of Google and YouTube, over claims that Google still provides links to the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" in some Arab countries.
Arab activists intent on boycotting Google and YouTube are using the Internet platform of Facebook to launch their campaigns. Al Arabiya reported that activists claim links are still available to the film despite Google blocking access in some countries. The two day campaign began on September 24.
According to the Jordan Times the organizers of the campaigns hope their boycott will hurt Google's revenue. Organizers said they "expect that Google will lose about $210 million in revenues if Internet users in the Arab world boycott its search engine and that its stock price will drop."
However, an Internet expert said "Such campaigns are meaningless and will not have any impact on Google" pointing out Arabs and Muslims only account for eight percent of the world's Internet users.
Some countries have responded to Google's failure to remove the film by blocking access entirely to YouTube. Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran are amongst the countries which have instigated a national block.