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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.




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".


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