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Charges dropped against Waterville man who allegedly threatened Google

Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP
Marcio Jose Sanchez | AP
Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, Oct. 20, 2015.

A Waterville man who allegedly threatened Google and drove from Maine to California to confront the tech giant after his YouTube channel was taken down won’t face prosecution.

Kyle Long, 33, was initially charged with criminal threatening after he was arrested last Sunday in Mountain View, California, where Google is headquartered. Police said at the time that Long was found with three baseball bats in his trunk.

But a spokesman for the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office told the Waterville Morning Sentinel on Saturday that Long’s “behavior was disturbing but did not meet the elements of a chargeable crime.”

Long was reportedly upset over his belief that the company had taken down his YouTube channel, but his wife, Samantha Long, told BuzzFeed News that she had deleted his account over concern about his mental state.

“I just didn’t tell him it was me taking it down because I didn’t want him losing his s—- in front of my kids,” his wife told BuzzFeed. “He was mad initially, but I said I didn’t know what happened.”

YouTube is owned by Google.

In April 2018, a woman shot three people at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno before taking her own life. The woman held a grudge against YouTube and believed the company was suppressing her content.



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