Google execs. to face trial in Italy?

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According to Reuters, Italian prosecutors have ordered four former and current Google executives to stand trial over a video of a taunted youth with Down syndrome that was posted on the Italian version of YouTube. All four face charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data.

This comes after an investigation into an complaint from Vividown, an Italian advocate group for people with Down syndrome, and the boy’s father; after the video depicted four male high school students from Turin humiliating the youth. The video was posted in 2006.

Google’s spokesman told Reuters that it was a “worrisome precedent”, and did not believe that it should be punished.

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