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Italy Investigates Google Employees

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Now this is interesting. Italian prosecutors are investigating two Google Italy employees as part of an inquiry into how a violent video appeared on Google Video

    “The two are being investigated for allegedly failing to check on the content of the video posted on the Internet search engine’s Web site.”

As Reuters points out, the investigation doesn’t imply guilt, but it’s interesting that Italy appears to be holding the two Google employees accountable, as opposed to Google itself. It appears, Italy is investigating the event the same way it would investigate a journalist or TV reporter.

    “Italy’s Education Minister Giuseppe Fioroni said the prosecutors had been right to apply to the Internet the same legislation that in Italy regulates what can be published in newspapers or broadcast on television.”

Google pulled the video and apologized. It also claimed that it bans violent videos, but conceded it has to rely on the community to flag banned content.

That may be the case, but I’m concerned that Italy is investigating employees for Google’s faux pax.

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