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Google Reports More Government Content Removal Requests Than Ever Before

Apr 25 2013, 2:59pm CDT | by , in News | Misc

Google Reports More Government Content Removal Requests Than Ever Before

Google reported a huge increase in Government requests to remove content from its search. Google released today updated data for its Transparency Report that shows overall 2,285 government requests to remove 24,179 pieces of content from July 2012 to December 2012.

Google today released updated data for its Transpernecy Report. Google launched Transparency Report three years ago to help censorship policies of governments around the globe. Since then, Google received a very good response from many countries' governments. During the three years of its launch, transparency reports are updated seven times by Google. Today i.e. on Thursday 25 April 2013, it is updated for the seventh time. There is a remarkable increase marked by Google in government requests. 
 
Susan Infantino, Legal Director, stated figures in her today's blog that shows that 2,285 government requests are received to remove 24,179 pieces of content from July to December 2012. A very huge increase of 22,368 requests is marked as compared to first half of the year 2012. As during the first half of year, there are only 1,811 requests to remove 18,070 pieces of content.

Brazil and Russia are on the top of the list regarding increased number of requests. As from Brazil received 697 requests to remove content from Google platforms. While Russia make a huge jump as from 6 to 114 requests in just 6 months.

Susan also revealed that, "The information we share on the Transparency Report is just a sliver of what happens on the Internet."  She said that in future when Google will release more data, it’s become increasingly clear that the scope of government attempts to censor content on Google services has grown. Susan also said that, " In more places than ever, we’ve been asked by governments to remove political content that people post on our services. In this particular time period, we received court orders in several countries to remove blog posts criticizing government officials or their associates."

Some improvements are also made to the Transparency Report with this latest update. These are

  • A break down of government requests about YouTube videos is available now.
  • A refreshed look of the Traffic section is avialable.

There  are many new countries that send removal requests first time since Google began publishing this data. These include many Asian countries like Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh, UAE and many other like Venezuela, Kenya etc.

A complete list of all countries and their government removal requests data is available.

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