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Cyber-Bullying: Google Executives Convicted Over Cyber-Bullying Case

Three Google executives in Milan, Italy were convicted of violating the country’s privacy code over a video posted on Google that showed four high school boys teasing an autistic classmate.  Although Google removed the video from the search platform, the executives were still sentenced to 6-months suspended jail terms.

In essence, the Italian courts are asking that every website review any content that is uploaded by individual users.  This ruling could potentially be detrimental for other social media websites like Blogger and YouTube where user-generated videos are uploaded daily.

Some legal experts believe that the Google conviction violates European law and will likely be overturned.  In the meantime, internet companies are feeling the pressure.

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