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February 24, 2010

Google execs found guilty over bullying video

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by Darren Allan

Three Google executives have been found guilty of invasion of privacy in an Italian law court.

The case was brought about by an incident in 2006, whereby video footage was recorded of a youth, who suffered from Down’s syndrome, being physically abused and bullied at school.

Those responsible uploaded the video clip to YouTube, where it reportedly made it to the number one spot in the most viewed section.

Google insisted that it could not be expected to police the content on huge sites such as YouTube, and said the case was much like prosecuting the mail service for delivering hate letters.

The prosecution argued that the boy’s privacy had been violated by the film, and it was unacceptable that Google hadn’t removed it more quickly. It was on the site for some two months before it was eventually taken down, and obviously prominently displayed, too.

The three executives received a six month suspended sentence.

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