A judge in Rio de Janeiro is ordering YouTube to take down 16 videos that express “assumptions and opinions” about an activist who was murdered last week.
Councilwoman Marielle Franco and driver Anderson Gomes were shot and killed in their car after returning from an event focused on empowering black women. Franco was a black woman who grew up in a rough part of Rio and was a frequent critic of police brutality.
Since her death, messages posted on social media allege connections to drug traffickers and other criminals. Her family denies that.
The order published Thursday by Judge Marcia Correia Hollanda says the videos amount to a “violation of the honor and image” of Franco.
A spokesman for YouTube owner Google said the company had no immediate comment.