A video posted on YouTube can take the chief financial officer of Google Brazil, Edmundo Luiz Pinto Balthazar, to prison. The electoral judge Ruy Teixeira da Rocha Jander declared on Friday the arrest in flagrante executive for disobeying court decision ordering the removal of a video from Google – owned site. Google in Brazil said in astatement it would appeal.
The video in question, in the opinion of the electoral court, ridicules the candidate for mayor of Campina Grande (PB), Romero Rodrigues (PSDB), to show him making a slide: the exchange candidate word “development” by “performance”. Then appears the character keys, saying, “That ass, gives zero for him.” The information is the newspaper A Tarde.
Rodrigues leads in the polls of voting intentions for the city. The second afternoon, Google in Brazil refused to remove the video from the air after a decision of the same candidate in favor magistrate. In a statement, Google claims “freedom of expression” for the maintenance of content on the network. The recent determination of Teixeira da Rocha requires the Federal Police to arrest the executive until the video is deleted. It will only be released when bail.
Google Brazil sent us the URL of the video in question (with only 768 views). As our site has no tail attached to anyone, there you go. And the electoral judge feel free to order the arrest of the editor who signs the text.
Previously, in a dispute with the host of TV Xuxa, Google Brazil won in justice entitled to maintain links to pictures with artist photos in a controversial film with steamy scenes. Google claimed at the time that not responsible for the content posted on the Internet, as the legal director Fabiana Siviero said in an exclusive interview to our site. The note sent by Google in late afternoon plays the same: Google is not responsible for the content posted on the Internet, but offers a technological platform on which millions of people create and share their own content. ”
I do not doubt that at that time, the company’s lawyers are filing application for habeas corpus to the freedom of the director is preserved until the process walk in the electoral justice. Edmundo Luiz Pinto Balthazar lives in São Paulo.
Since ridicule can be a problem, I hope the blog Implicante, who made the video of President Dilma Rousseff announced the reduction of tariffs , is blocked on the computers of Elections of Paraiba.
Read the official response from Google Brazil
“Google hereby clarify that will appeal the decision of the electoral court of the state of paraiba understanding that it violates fundamental guarantees such that the legal defense, due process and freedom of expression is constitutionally guaranteed to every citizen. Google believes that voters have the right to use the internet to freely express their opinions about candidates for political office, as a form of full exercise of democracy, especially during election periods. Google is not responsible for the content posted on the internet, but offers a technological platform on which millions of people create and share their own content.”