By Sarah Barchus
A Brazilian court ordered the arrest of the country's top Google executive after the company failed to remove YouTube videos criticizing a candidate running for mayor in the upcoming elections, The New York Times reported.
The court from the southwest state of Mato Grosso do Sul said that by not removing the videos, Google's president in Brazil, Fabio Jose Silva Coelho, violated the 1965 Electoral Code, which does not allow campaign ads to "offend the dignity or decorum" of a candidate, The New York Times reported.
The court also ordered Brazilian Internet service provider Embratel to block the YouTube site for 24 hours, the Cable News Network reported.
A Google spokesman said that the company is appealing the decision because it is a platform and isn't responsible for the content on its site, The New York Times reported.
A similar case in the northern state of Paraiba was overturned earlier this month using the platform argument, CNN reported. The court had ordered the arrest of another senior Google executive, Edmundo Luiz Pinto Balthazar, for not taking down a YouTube video attacking a mayoral candidate there, The New York Times reported.
At that time, Google defended its user's political right to express their opinions about political candidates, The New York Times reported.
If the decision is not overturned, Silva could face six months in prison or a fine for not obeying a judge's order, CNN reported