18 Jun 2022

Google fines $ 245 Million!

A Mexico City court on Friday ordered Google to pay $ 245 million to a Mexican lawyer who said the American tech giant had allowed a blog post accusing him of money laundering.
Google has said it will appeal to this decision.

"We condemn this sentence," Google said in a statement issued by AFP, confirming a fine of five billion pesos (234.25 million euros).

Google said the decision was "unreasonable, excessive and baseless. Google will defend itself to the end."

The plaintiff is a Mexican lawyer, Ulrich Richter Morales, who has accused the technology forum of allowing the blog to be disseminated, accusing him of money laundering, lobbying and false positives.

"I'm speechless. Thank you," Richter Morales said on Twitter. He is the author of several books on citizenship, one of which is called "Digital Citizenship. False stories and post-internet reality."

Richter Morales said he had asked Google to remove an anonymous blog in 2015. He then filed a “moral injury” complaint and won the lower court.

The case may even go to the Supreme Court.

The Mexican court ruling, dated June 13, "violates the right to freedom of expression and other important principles," Google said in a statement.

"We hope the state courts will work in accordance with these principles," he said.

Google has already faced a number of similar complaints in some countries.

In early June, an Australian federal court ordered Google to pay more than 466,000 euros ($ 487,700) to an Australian politician who believed he had been insulted in videos by a YouTube-based comedian, owned by Google.

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