Brazil Judge: Bust Google Boss for YouTube Videos

Judge says videos violate election laws

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 26, 2012 2:13 AM CDT | Updated Sep 26, 2012 3:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – A judge has ordered the arrest of a Brazilian Google boss for his failure to pull YouTube videos. Authorities argue that the videos—concerning accusations against a Campo Grande mayoral candidate—are slanderous and violate election laws, reports the BBC. An electoral court said Fabio Jose Silva Coelho committed the crime of "disobedience" by not removing two videos that "slander, insult, and defame" candidate Alcides Bernal by accusing him of "instigating abortion, drunkenness, physical injury of a minor, illicit enrichment, and contempt as well as prejudice against the underprivileged," according to the indictment. Google has refused to remove the videos and is appealing the decision, arguing that the site should be a place where voters can express their opinions about candidates.

A judge has ordered YouTube to yank videos concerning Campo Grande mayoral candidate Alcides Bernal, seen here.
A judge has ordered YouTube to yank videos concerning Campo Grande mayoral candidate Alcides Bernal, seen here.   (luanaximenez)
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