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Google refuses to remove 'gay music' video






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Google Kenya said it would not remove a music video from YouTube. Kenya asked Google to take the video offline because it showed gay couples and images of gay Kenyan public figures. The video also shows scenes of what it is like to be gay in Kenya. It was made by a band called Art Attack. It is a remake of the song 'Same Love'. Kenya's government said the video was bad for society. It will punish anyone it catches who distributes the video. Kenya's government says homosexuality is "unnatural". Kenyan homosexuals can be put in prison for up to 14 years.

Kenya's attempts at banning the video have made it very popular. It has been viewed over 140,000 times. The video shows images of anti-gay protests in Nairobi, and two women kissing on a bench. Kenya first tried to ban the video in February. A government spokesman said: "We have written to Google to remove the video from their platforms. We expect they will do it within one week." Google replied: "We review government removal requests when notified through the correct legal processes and in keeping with our company philosophy on…freedom of expression."

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