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3 Google executives convicted in Italy for letting YouTube host an offensive video

A court in Italy has convicted three Google executives for allowing a video of an autistic boy being abused to be posted on Google-owned video sharing site YouTube. The convicted executives are Google’s senior vice president and chief legal officer David Drummond, former chief financial officer George Reyes and global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer. Judge Oscar Magi has sentenced the three executives to a six-month suspended sentence.

A court in Italy has convicted three Google executives for allowing a video of an autistic boy being abused to be posted on Google-owned video sharing site YouTube. The convicted executives are Google’s senior vice president and chief legal officer David Drummond, former chief financial officer George Reyes and global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer. Judge Oscar Magi has sentenced the three executives to a six-month suspended sentence.

Vivi Down, an advocacy group for people with Down syndrome, had earlier alerted prosecutors to a 2006 video showing an autistic student in Turin being beaten and insulted by bullies at school. In the footage, the youth was being mistreated while one of the teenagers put in a mock telephone call to Vivi Down. The events shortly preceded Google’s 2006 acquisition of YouTube.

Google Italy eventually took down the video and also helped authorities in identifying the four bullies who were later sentenced by a juvenile court to community service. Google had also said that it considered the trial a threat to internet freedom because it could force providers to attempt an impossible task — prescreening the thousands of hours of footage uploaded every day onto sites like YouTube. [Source: Economic Times]

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5 thoughts on “3 Google executives convicted in Italy for letting YouTube host an offensive video”

  1. As far as the case is
    As far as the case is considered, i think it is wrong to convict google for this as the video was uploaded by third party. This case will bring on a big debate on the data ownership and rights on social websites where things are submitted on the websites by the visitors. this leaves a rather impossible task for google, that is to screen the thousands of videos daily uploaded on to the facebook.

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