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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Western Democracies Continue their Attempts to Filter Google

Western Democracies Continue their Attempts to Filter Google

Western Democracies Continue their Attempts to Filter Google

Added: Monday, June 25th, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
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Google has recently disclosed how many takedown notices the company has got from government agencies. The search engine confessed that it has received over 1,000 requests within 6 months from the governments to take down data from its search results or YouTube video.

Google slammed a so-called alarming trend by governments to try and censor the people. The company published its twice-yearly Transparency Report, saying that the above mentioned requests were aimed at having around 12,000 items overall deleted. This figure was 25% more than during the first 6 months of 2011. This means that the government agencies are getting a taste for censorship.

Google’s senior policy analyst admitted they hoped the rise earlier in 2011 had been a one off, but it appeared that it hadn’t. Plenty of the requests were aimed at silencing political speech. The most interesting part is that they came from Western governments, which are not usually associated with filtering.

Although Google didn’t list anything specific, the search engine still said that it was really surprised by the UK and the US spending most of their time trying to censor websites. The United States was said to be especially bad. The company complained that police prosecutors, courts and other agencies submitted almost 200 requests within the last 6 months of 2011, which doubles the number of the requests submitted in the first 6 months.

Meanwhile, Spain asked Google to take down 270 links to blogs and newspaper articles which criticized public figures, the list including mayors and public prosecutors. However, the search giant said no to that one. In response, a couple months ago the highest court of the country asked the European Court of Justice to find out whether the requests submitted by citizens to removed the links were lawful.

The company admits that in some countries it has no choice but to comply with these requests, because some types of political speech are against the law there. For instance, in Germany Google removed videos from YouTube with Nazi references as those were banned. Another example is Thailand videos that feature the monarch with a seat over his head – they were also removed for being insulting.

Finally, one takedown request came from Canada, where the company was asked by the authorities to remove a YouTube video featuring a citizen having a nintendo on his passport and flushing it down the loo. The search giant said no to this one as well.

June 25th,2012

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Date:  Monday, June 25th, 2012

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2012-06-26 01:35:50)
menahunie avatarThing is western Democracies are not the one's trying to filter Google; It is the RIAA and MPAA. NO DCMA notice come from the Government since they are not the copyright holders in the first place.
The Government doesn't bother with DCMA notices; they just seize the web sites so what is the complaint about the notices in the first place?

posted by Blocked (2012-06-26 04:42:13)
Crashman_123 avatarYou obviously didn't read it properly ... DCMA was NEVER MENTIONED, only that takedown/filter notices had been issued. For situations where the content is illegal in that region, google will ALWAYS comply by filtering out the offending content in that country. For POLITICAL filtering it should have a flat policy of NO, unless the content breaks the law in the country in question. (that'll shut the F#&*ers up for a while)

posted by (2012-06-26 19:59:12)
No avatar@Crashman_123: the only kind of censer on google is DMCA he just got the abbreviation letters back words. DMCA=Digital Millennium Copyright Act and yes it don't mention this but that's what it is implying. and yes this is mostly mpaa and riaa, as well as other BIG corporations. BIG corporations are trying to shush the people and its not gona work and that's y they are getting pissed. have you seen the new FBI warning? it's words imply that "you are not allowed to do what you please with the movies you buy" and anybody that pirates is considered terrorists.

posted by (2012-06-27 04:29:18)
xelophydd avatarthe government is not issuing DMCA complaints to Google. They are directly influencing which sites Google is allowed to show in the results and which are not.

posted by (2012-06-27 10:24:05)
Rockman avatar"you are not allowed to do what you please with the movies you buy" and anybody that pirates is considered terrorists."

Really haven t seen this yet you must be kidding i have lost track of the various warnings . . .

posted by Supermanimmortal (2012-06-27 11:04:39)
Big_A_Little_A avatarfirstly if those above had actually read this,it has nothing to do with take-down/cease and desist notices for movies, but it is the government's asking for things that they either feel upset about or threatened by,with the USA asking for the largest amount of take-downs to be issued.

These take downs included subject matter like, Youtube accounts that allegedly promoted terrorism, user accounts that allegedly contained threatening and/or harassing content, removed ads that violated AdWords policies, the removal of 180 items from Google Groups relating to a case of defamation against a man and his wife, and a request from the Passport Canada office to remove a YouTube video of a Canadian citizen urinating on his passport and flushing it down the toilet

posted by Supermanimmortal (2012-06-27 11:06:44)
Big_A_Little_A avataroh PS,Rockman if you do/think or act in anyway that either threatens/upsets or varies from the rules of your government then you are now classed as a terrorist,its simple behave or be put in place,or jail!

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