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Google reports record spike in government requests to remove content

Google reports record spike in government requests to remove content.
Governments made a record number of requests for Google to remove political content in the last half of 2012, the search giant said on Thursday.

The number of official requests for content to be removed jumped 26% in the final six months of 2012 compared to the start of the year, according to the latest Google Transparency Report. Google received 2,285 government requests to remove 24,179 pieces of content – an increase from 1,811 requests to remove 18,070 pieces of content that the company received during the first half of 2012.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/25/google-gove...

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Before everyone goes crazy on this one

These requests came from all governments all around the world. Such freedom-loving paradises as Egypt, Libya and Argentina.

What I REALLY want to know is how many they agreed to, and how many came from the US govt.

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com

Also author of Stick it to the Man!

http://www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-Richard-Moyer/dp/1484036417

I think I saw the number for

I think I saw the number for the US as being like 120 or 180 or something up from like 18 I think. Not entirely sure on this though.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

US Govt is behaving itself, mostly

http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/government...

I still didn't like the two requests to take stuff down criticizing the government, but it appears they didn't comply.

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com

Also author of Stick it to the Man!

http://www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-Richard-Moyer/dp/1484036417

Thou shalt not criticize your government. No free speech.

allowed. Communism.

"In this particular time period, we received court orders in several countries to remove blog posts criticizing government officials or their associates." .