Google sees jump in government 'take down' requests
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Google said Thursday it saw a big jump in early 2013 in the number of requests from governments around the world to remove online content, in many cases for political reasons.
In an update to its "transparency report" for the first half of the year, Google said it saw a 68 per cent jump in the number of requests from the prior six-month period, led by big increases from Turkey and Russia.
The updated report "is certainly not a comprehensive view of censorship online (but) it does demonstrate a worrying upward trend in the number of government requests, and underscores the importance of transparency around the processes governing such requests," said Google legal director Susan Infantino in a blog post.
"As we continue to add data, we hope it will become increasingly useful and informative in policy debates and decisions around the world." From January to June 2013, Google said received 3,846 government requests to remove 24,737 pieces of content.