Google Executives Acquitted in Milan

  • In 2010 three Google executives had been found guilty of delays in removing a video in a Google-owned site showing an autistic child being bullied. The judgment had raised a vociferous debate about Internet freedom in the country and sparked a controversy about websites curating user-generated content. On Friday a panel of three judges from an appeals court overturned the judgment and acquitted the three Google executives of the charges with regard to violation of Italian privacy laws. Google and many other websites hosting user content have consistently maintained that reviewing content that is posted to their sites is impossible given the large user base and even if it were possible this is an attempt to gag the freedom of expression which Internet accords its users. Google-owned YouTube has over 72 hours of content uploaded to the site each minute. Google has welcomed the ruling.