Google told to pay Australian politician $515,000 for defamation

Al Jazeera


A court in Australia has ordered Google to pay a former legislator some 715,000 Australian dollars ($515,000) in defamation damages over two videos posted to YouTube. The Australian Federal Court found on Monday that the two videos drove John Barilaro, the deputy premier of Australia’s most populous state New South Wales, to quit politics prematurely. Judge Steven Rares said the videos, which were posted by political commentator Jordan Shanks amounted to a “relentless, racist, vilificatory, abusive and defamatory campaign” against Barilaro. “I found Google’s conduct in this proceeding to be improper 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 a settlement last year, was not immediately available for comment.


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TECHMEME - Friendlyjordies: John Barilaro to be paid $715,000 by Google over YouTube videos
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Google has been ordered to pay an Australian politician damages of A$715,000 (£410,000) for refusing to remove "relentless, racist, vilificatory, abusive and defamatory" videos on YouTube. John Barilaro, the former deputy premier of New South Wales - the country's most populous state, and home of Sydney - said the abusive YouTube videos drove him out of politics. The settlement also included him editing some of his videos about Mr Barilaro. Image: The YouTube channel was found to have defamed Mr Barilaro"Google cannot escape its liability for the substantial damage that Mr Shanks' campaign caused," said Judge Rares. Mr Barilaro told reporters outside of the courthouse that he felt "cleared and vindicated" by the judgment.