Three executives of the company have been convicted by an Italian court.
Milan, Italy (WiredPRNews.com) – Three Google executives have reportedly been convicted in a case involving a video posted online showcasing an autistic teen being bullied. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Google’s global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer, senior vice president and chief legal officer David Drummond, and retired chief financial officer George Reyes received a six-month suspended sentence each in the case.
Paris based Fleischer is quoted in the report as stating of the case outcome, “The judge has decided I’m primarily responsible for the actions of some teenagers who uploaded a reprehensible video to Google video… If company employees like me can be held criminally liable for any video on a hosting platform when they had absolutely nothing to do with the video in question, then our liability is unlimited.”
As noted in the report, immunity protections provided to online service providers in the U.S. by the Communications Decency Act of 1996 are not existent in Europe.
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