Google’s video scandal with inappropriate Italian Video
The internet as we know it or at least Google is in serious jeopardy. Three Google executives were convicted Wednesday of failing to remove a video that was inappropriate in nature. The case is still in the process of being appealed. Benny Evangelista, a Chronicle staff writer, quotes Officials from the Mountain View Company as saying:
“If the verdict is allowed to stand, the Web as we know it will cease to exist. One thing’s for sure that all internet companies will be on red alert erasing any questionable videos and screening new uploads much more closely.”
It’s ridiculous how a provider like Google can get criminally convicted over content that they did not even create, especially considering that here in America, there is free speech. How does anyone infringe on the rights of others? It would take forever and cost millions to scan and approve everything uploaded on the internet today. If anything, the person who specifically approved this video should be under fire and not the people who manage Google, unless they knowingly approved the video despite obvious objections. Someone is going to need extra money from a cash advance loan or a payday installment loan to pay for all this trouble.
Internet ethics examined
The video that Google allowed to be uploaded in 2006 was about an autistic boy being attacked and insulted by teenage bullies at school. This was before the now popular YouTube was available. This video drew 5500 views in two months. The boy’s father, joined with an advocate group for people with down-syndrome, contacted Italian police. After Google was notified, they pulled the video within two hours. The claim is that the “video violated privacy protection laws,” states Evangelista. “Google vice president and deputy general counsel Matt Sucherman stated that ‘The verdict attacks the very principles of freedom on which the Internet is built,’” Evangelista wrote.
Support for Google
In defense to Google, I would think it would be quite difficult and time-consuming for these executives to even know about such a video on the web, and I think it’s crazy that these executives are being treated like willing participants, as if they were the teenage bullies. Leslie Harris, President of “Center for Democracy and Technology,” stated, “The Italian court’s actions today will surely embolden authoritarian regimes and be used to justify their own efforts to suppress Internet freedom (B.E). Now that this can of worms has been opened due to rash actions without proper investigation by Italian officials, the entire colony of free civilizations is in cahoots.”
Pressure on Italy
“There will be a lot of pressure on the Italian government to rethink this shortsighted approach once the Italian citizenry realizes how limiting it will be to only have access to government-approved media,” states Benny Evangelista and Jason Schultz, Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley. I think they’re right about this one, but I hope America’s officials can be discerning enough to see the truth of the matter without making biased excuses for negligence.
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