Government wanted to removed 358 items from the Google’s services including Orkut, Youtube during the January-Juneon December 7, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Google has received government requests for removal of 358 items from Google’s services, including YouTube and Orkut, throughout the January-June 2012, according to a report by the Internet search giant.
The Google Transparency Report said, as much as 255 item for removal requests mentioned the government criticism as the reason. The government had asked Google to remove 19 items from YouTube and 236 items from Orkut for the same reason, report added.
The other causes include national security (1 request), pornography (3 requests), hate speech (8 requests), impersonation (14 requests), privacy and security (20 requests) and Insult (39 requests).
The report said, as much as 51% of the total requests were partly or fully complied with.
The information accepts implication in the background of the raging dispute over the testing of content on social networking sites. IT Minister and Communications Kapil
Sibal has asked them to screen inflammatory, derogatory and defamatory content about religion and political leaders.
“We declined the majority of these requests and only locally restricted videos that appeared to violate local laws prohibiting speech that could incite enmity between communities”, report added.
The report said, Google received requests from the local law enforcement agencies and the state to remove YouTube videos that displayed resists against social leaders or used aggressive language in reference to religious leaders.
Orkut on the top in list of products for which content/item removal requests were received with 264 requests, report added.
The report said, “In addition, we received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove 236 communities and profiles from Orkut (Google’s social networking site) that were critical of a local politician. We did not comply with this request, since the content did not violate our community standards or local law.”
Google received 1,739 user data requests, during the January-June period, which are governments requests for disclosure of user data from Google accounts or services. In extra, 2,439 users/account data access requests were built.