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Government Censorship Requests Rising, Google Says

Government Censorship Requests Rising, Google Says
By Jennifer LeClaire

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"It's become increasingly clear that the scope of government attempts to censor content on Google services has grown," said Google's Susan Infantino. "In more places than ever, we've been asked by governments to remove political content....we received court orders in several countries to remove blog posts criticizing government officials or their associates."
 


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Infantino noted a couple of improvements to the Transparency Report since the last update. For example, Google is now breaking down government requests about YouTube videos to clarify whether it removed videos in response to government requests for violating Community Guidelines, or whether we restricted videos from view due to local laws.

The company also refreshed the look of the Traffic section, aiming to make it easier to see where and when disruptions have occurred to Google services. Now, consumers can see a map where Google services are currently disrupted, as well as a map of all known disruptions since 2009.

"The information we share on the Transparency Report is just a sliver of what happens on the Internet," Infantino said. "But as we disclose more data and continue to expand it over time, we hope it helps draw attention to the laws around the world that govern the free flow of information online."

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