(The Hosting News) – Tech giant Google on Thursday rolled out its latest transparency report – revealing content removal requests initiated by governments gobally.
In fact, the company admitted there were more “than ever before.”
“From July to December 2012, we received 2,285 government requests to remove 24,179 pieces of content—an increase from the 1,811 requests to remove 18,070 pieces of content that we received during the first half of 2012,” stated Google via its blog.
The top web services provider, meanwhile, noted that content removal requests had increased from Brazil’s government during a period in which municipal elections were held.
Also experiencing an increase were government requests from Russia following the implementation of a new law. “In the first half of 2012, we received six requests, the most we had ever received in any given six-month period from Russia. But in the second half of the year, we received 114 requests to remove content—107 of them citing this new law,” explained Google.
New updates to the report were also in the mix as Google noted that it had altered its transparency report to include video removal requests from streaming site YouTube along with a new look for the traffic section.