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25 April 2013

governments around the world do the CENSORED thing to Google & YouTube content

Agence France-Presse
newswire France
Thursday 25 April 2013

Censors increasingly 

take aim at 
Google content

SAN FRANCISCO USA -- Google on Thursday released data showing that requests by governments to censor the Internet giant's content have hit new heights, with Brazil and the United States leading the way.

Google received 2,285 government requests to remove content from it properties, including YouTube and search pages, in the second half of last year as compared to 1,811 requests in the first six months, according to its latest Transparency Report.

The requests related to 24,179 pieces of content, up from 18,070 items, the California-based Internet giant said.

"As we've gathered and released more data over time, it's become increasingly clear that the scope of government attempts to censor content on Google services has grown," Google legal director Susan Infantino said in a blog post.

"In more places than ever, we've been asked by governments to remove political content that people post on our services."

Google launched its semi-annual transparency reports three years ago, saying its intent is to "shine some light on the scale and scope of government requests for censorship and data around the globe."

In the second half of last year, Google logged notable increases in content removal requests from Brazil and Russia, and fielded inquiries from 20 countries regarding YouTube posts of clips from the controversial 'Innocence of Muslims' film, which sparked violent protests around the world.

The spike from Brazil was attributed in large part to local law banning commentary critical of candidates during elections, and all but 57 of the 697 removal requests came in the form of court orders, according to the report.

"We're appealing many of these cases, on the basis the content is protected by freedom of expression under the Brazilian Constitution," Infantino said.

Google only received 191 content removal requests from Brazil in the first half of last year, prior to the fall election season.

Requests from Russia to remove content from Google jumped from six in the first half of last year to 114 in the second half, with all but seven of them citing a law that took effect there in the fall, according to the report.

Google said that while video clips from 'Innocence of Muslims' did not violate YouTube community guidelines it restricted views in several countries to comport with local laws and temporarily blocked it in Egypt and Libya.

The United States was second to Brazil in the number of requests, filing 321 in the second half of last year, according to the report.

Germany, India, and Turkey filled out the top-five list in that order, with 231, 160, and 147 requests respectively, Google said.

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1 comment:

LandscapeWindscreen said...

Weird, the servers of Youtube are located in the USA, if you agree to their terms and conditions you also agree that your videos are subject to US laws....

Fun fact: There are cases when a Copyright Holder or someone interested in data mining (meaning: searching for tags and key words) does not have the time or resources to search the whole of YoutubeLand for illegal clips of XYZ or critique of a political candidate.
But you can hire a kind of search bot from YT against a small fee, of course. So far I have been flagged about 15 times by some bloody copyright troll for alledged copyright infringemend while there is still a shiteload of illegal stuff up there. Youtube doesn’t seem to bother, as long as the copyright holder does not send them a takedown request it seems to be all right. Yet their parent company Google accepts DCMAs like they were bloody fruit gum. Reson ? Money & Ad Revenue probably.
I guess the same goes for political content. Doesn’t matter that the servers of Youtube are in the USA and therefore these countries technically don’t have any jurisdiction. YT just cashes the check from the request and bans the uploader For Life. Nice, isn’t that ?
They also asked me if I want to run ads on my channel for a fiver per 1000 clicks. I told them to Eff Off.
Be on the lookout, there are still nasty bills being debated in your Congress that will effect your digital movements, stuff like SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and whatnot. These will not only have an effect on the USA but likely also the rest of the digital world.
I had thought the Internet would make the world a bit more free, at present the opposite seems to be the case....