Google: Online Censorship Requests Rise in U.S.

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Online search giant Google recently detailed some staggering statistics related to online censorship worldwide.

The data itself relates to content and data removal requests along with exactly which Google services are censored in particular regions.

“Transparency is a core value at Google. As a company we feel it is our responsibility to ensure that we maximize transparency around the flow of information related to our tools and services. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual,” commented the company concerning the report.

In the U.S. alone, when compared to previous reporting, content removal requests by the U.S. government experienced a 103 percent increase. In one instance, Google said law enforcement cited harassment when it requested that Google remove 1400 YouTube videos. It was a move the tech innovator didn’t comply with.

Meanwhile, Google cited a report from The Guardian indicating that its services were partially available in mainland China. Online censorship is much more prevalent in middle-eastern countries and China. In May, we reported on some astronomical statistics contained within the same Google report. Those showed that Windows creator Microsoft was the top organization requesting Google to remove allegedly infringing sites from its search services.