In this November 22, 2011 photo, Google executive Fabio Jose Silva Coelho poses for a portrait in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Google Inc.’s head of operations in Brazil was detained by the country’s federal police Wednesday, September 26, 2012 after the company failed to heed a judge’s order to take down YouTube videos that the court ruled violate Brazilian electoral law. The detention came as another court ordered YouTube to remove clips of an anti-Islam film that has been blamed for deadly protests by Muslims around the globe, both joining a spate of court-ordered content-removal cases against Google’s video-sharing website in Brazil. AP/Carol Carquejeiro, Agencia O Globo
SAO PAULO—Police announced Wednesday the arrest of the head of Google Brazil over his refusal to remove YouTube videos that allegedly slander a mayoral candidate.
But as the crime that Fabio Jose Silva Coelho is accused of has “low potential to offend,” he will not remain in custody, federal police said in a statement.