(The Hosting News) – Automated, that’s the key word when it comes to how tech giant Microsoft handles online removal requests. According to a BBC report on Monday, the company “wrongly” asked Google that search listings for the BBC, CNN, Wikipedia and others be taken down for violating Microsoft’s copyright protections.
Microsoft’s automated removal process is handled by web crawlers, scanning online presences for infringing content.
Other sites mentioned in Microsoft’s copyright claims included the Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, EPA.gov and the Washington Post.
A report from TorrentFreak.com, meanwhile, said the occurence was “not an isolated incident,” noting that such requests were “often completely unfounded.”
“Websites can’t possibly verify every DMCA claim and the problem will only increase as more takedown notices are sent week after week,” stated the report from TorrentFreak.
In an updated transparency report from Google, the search giant lists Microsoft as third among those companies requesting that content be removed. The Windows-developer only falls behind something called Froytal Services Ltd and requests made by RIAA member companies.
Google keeps relatively busy with search listing removal requests. In the past month, it was requested that a total 6 million plus URLs be removed.