Freedom Of Speech On Trial With Google

February 24, 2010

An Italian court convicted three Google executives of privacy violations. The ruling said Google (owners of YouTube) did not act quickly enough in removing a Google video of teenage bullies attacking an autistic boy.

Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel
David Drummond, Google’s senior vice president and chief legal officer
George Reyes, Google’s retired chief financial officer

“We will appeal this astonishing decision. We are deeply troubled by this decision. It attacks the principles of freedom on which the Internet was built,” said Google spokesman Bill Echikson.

“This verdict sets a dangerous precedent,” Drummond said in a statement. “(It also) imperils the powerful tool that an open and free Internet has become for social advocacy and change.”

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