Skip to main content

Controversial YouTube video sees Google exec detained in Brazil

A Google executive was detained in Brazil after the firm refused to remove a YouTube video that attacked a mayoral candidate, according to various reports.

As noted by The Guardian, Fabio Jose Silva Coelho was released after agreeing to cooperate with the government.

According to the AFP, the video in question accused Campo Grande candidate Alcides Bernal of "instigating abortion, drunkenness, physical injury of a minor, illicit enrichment, and contempt as well as prejudice against the underprivileged" - which violates the country's electoral law. When Google refused to remove the video, Coelho was taken into custody.

A tribunal in Campo Grande reportedly requested that YouTube be blocked in the region for 24 hours, AFP said. Elections are set for 7 October.

This is not the first time Google has landed in hot water over a mayoral candidate video in Brazil. Earlier this month, a court ordered the arrest of Google exec Edmundo Luiz Pinto Balthazar after YouTube refused to remove a video that mocked someone running for mayor in Paraíba, the Guardian said. That order was later overturned.

All of this, meanwhile, comes amidst the uproar over the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, that made its way to YouTube and sparked protests across the Muslim world. The Guardian noted that a court in Sao Paulo recently gave YouTube 10 days to remove the film from its site.

Google did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

Google in June released its most updated numbers regarding government takedown requests. The US took the No. 1 spot, followed by India, but Brazil came in third with 1,615 requests between July and December 2011.