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Google reports that government content removal requests have increased

Government content removal requests increased says Google

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 6:37 am

The government is thirsty for content removal according to Google, who says they've seen a huge increase in the amount of content removal requests in the past year.

 

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Google have reported that government content removal requests have increased from 1,811 in the first half of last year, to 2,285 in the second half of the year. 39% of these takedowns were related to cases of alleged defamation, with 18% of the takedown requests said to be related to privacy and security concerns, says Google.

 

Google have also added that they received "a request to remove a YouTube video that allegedly defames the President" of Argentina "by depicting her in a compromising position". There was also a "request from legal representatives of a member of the executive branch" of Israel's government "to remove two YouTube videos for alleged defamation". South Korea also chimed in, with a "request to remove a YouTube video that allegedly defamed a presidential candidate".

NEWS SOURCES:Bgr.com

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