The board had demanded that the video be taken down, but Google refused. At the time, Google Kenya said that it did not have the authority to remove the video posted to Youtube. In the US, a Google representative said the video platform ”has clear policies that outline what content is acceptable to post” and that it would only remove content that violate its policies when flagged by users.

Now it appears that Google and Kenya have reached a compromise. Users in Kenya that come across the video will see that it has been flagged for viewer discretion, but it can still be played. It is not being taken down, according to Google Kenya. “It doesn’t mean the video isn’t available for viewing in Kenya,” a Google Kenya representative in Nairobi said.

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In Kenya, homosexuality is a criminal act, punishable by up to 14 years in prison. The ban actually may have brought more attention Kenya’s nascent gay rights movement. Since February, the video has doubled in views to more than 200,000, helped by the KFCB when the regulator posted a link to the song in a tweet cautioning users not to circulate the video.

KFCB’s supposed win over Google—Mutua has been posting images of a local news headline that says “Google bows to film board“—also gives the regulator a boost. Last month, the KFCB succeeded in lobbying Coca Cola to delete a kissing scene from an ad playing in Kenya.

“All film and broadcast content is required by law to conform to national moral values,” Mutua wrote in a Facebook post today.

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