Back in September 2006, A three minute long phone video was uploaded to one of Google’s website showing four teenagers bullying a down’s syndrome classmate. After two years, the Italian authorities are charging four Google execs for defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data. The video was posted for almost a month until it was taken down when the complaints started to pour in.
The search giant removed the video within a day of receiving the complaints. But Italian authorises argue that company execs broke the law by allowing the posting in the first place
Since the trial, Google decline to make any comments regarding about the case but provided a statement:
“As we have repeatedly made clear, our hearts go out to the victim and his family. We are pleased that as a result of our cooperation the bullies in the video have been identified and punished. However, we feel that bringing this case to court is totally wrong. It’s akin to prosecuting mail service employees for hate speech letters sent in the post. What’s more, seeking to hold neutral platforms liable for content posted on them is a direct attack on a free, open internet. We will continue to vigorously defend our employees in this prosecution.”
The story will pause for now till the next hearing on February 18th 2009.