Senior Google bosses David Carl Drummond, George De Los Reyes, and Peter Fleischer have been handed six-month suspended sentences by an Italian court for allowing a video of an autistic boy being abused by sadistic bullies in Turin to remain online and at number one in the 'most viewed' Google Video chart for two months.
A court in Italy said the video violated the boy's privacy and the defendants should have taken it offline sooner. Google says it plans to appeal the "astonishing" verdict.
"We are deeply troubled by this decision," a statement read. "It attacks the principles of freedom on which the internet was built."