Google Brazil President Arrested Over Videos

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: September 26, 2012 Last Updated: September 27, 2012
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A Brazilian judge ordered the arrest of Google’s president in the country after the firm did not take down YouTube videos.

The videos were deemed slanderous against a candidate who is running for mayor of the city of Campo Grande, CNN reported.

The court on Tuesday then ordered the arrest of Google Brazil’s President Fabio Jose Silva Coelho for “disobedience” for not allowing the videos to be taken down. According to CNN, Coelho could face as many as six months in jail or a fine for disobeying a judge’s order.

In the videos, the content suggests that Alcides Bernal, the candidate in Campo Grande, is guilty of committing crimes, according to the BBC.

Google has refused to take down the allegedly slanderous videos after a court told the company to do so. The company is appealing the court order.

“Google is appealing against the decision that ordered the removal of the video on YouTube because, as a platform, Google is not responsible for the content posted to its site,” it said in a statement, according to the Financial Times.

The court order also says that Internet service provider Embratel has to block YouTube in Campo Grande for 24 hours if the video is not taken down, according to CNN.

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