Three Google executives were convicted in Milan today for “criminal defamation and a failure to comply with the Italian privacy code”, due to a video that was uploaded four years ago which showed students bullying an autistic schoolmate. In addition to appealing the case, Google says “the verdict ‘poses a crucial question for the freedom on which the internet is built,’ since none of the three employees found guilty had anything to do with the offending video.”

“They didn’t upload it, they didn’t film it, they didn’t review it and yet they have been found guilty,” said Google’s senior communications manager, Bill Echikson, in Milan.

[via ReutersGoogle]