Governments, judges, cops and politicians are continuing to lobby
Google to tear down online material critical of their operations, we're
Today, the advertising giant said that, in the first six
months of 2013, it received 3,846 demands from public officials to
remove 24,737 personal blog posts, YouTube videos and other pieces of
content it hosts. That's up 68 per cent on the second half of 2012.
And according to the web giant, which has just published its latest transparency report,
93 requests focused on content that was critical of people in public
office. Defamation and copyright infringement were often cited, but less
than one third of the highlighted material was removed in the first
half of 2013.
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