Google told to pay Australian politician $515,000 over defamatory YouTube videos

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The Federal Court has found that Alphabet Inc’s Google made thousands of dollars by hosting two videos attacking the Deputy Premier of New South Wales which have been viewed nearly 8,00,000 times.

The Federal Court has found that Alphabet Inc’s Google made thousands of dollars by hosting two videos attacking the Deputy Premier of New South Wales which have been viewed nearly 8,00,000 times.

An Australian court on Monday ordered Google to pay A$715,000 ($515,000) to a veteran former lawmaker after finding that a YouTube commentator’s “relentless, racist, defamatory, abusive and libelous campaign” pushed him to leave politics prematurely.

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The Federal Court has found that Alphabet Inc’s Google, which owns content-sharing website YouTube, made thousands of dollars by hosting two videos attacking the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, which have been viewed almost 8,00,000 times between them since their publication. end of 2020.

Videos of political commentator Jordan Shanks questioned the integrity of lawmaker John Barilaro, including calling him “corrupt” without evidence, and called him racist names that were “nothing less than hate speech,” the judge, Steve Rares, told the court. .

When Barilaro left politics in October 2021, it was because he “was traumatized by the campaign of Google and Mr. Shanks and … it caused him to leave public service prematurely,” Rares said.

“I found Google’s conduct in this proceeding to be inappropriate and unjustifiable.”

A Google spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

A spokesperson for Shanks, who was a co-defendant with Google until he and Barilaro reached an agreement last year, was not immediately available for comment.

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