Google’s Brazilian chief arrested over allegedly defamatory YouTube videos

Posted On September 28, 2012
In Defamation in Cyberspace, Jurisdiction in Cyberspace / Reply

Police arrested Google Brazil head Fabio Jose Silva Coelho on 27 September over his refusal to remove two videos on Google’s YouTube that allegedly slander, insult and defame an election candidate, IP Watch reports.

This is not the first time that Google officials have been either arrested or slapped with charges for the defamatory videos or other content that were earlier made available by its users on the internet.

Even worse, as a result of the pervasive nature of the internet, even Google officials who reside or work in the company’s headquarters in the United States have found themselves being pursued by local courts and authorities outside the US – a case of jurisdictional dilemma in the age of the internet.

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