In a new Transparency Report issued by Google, the company has analyzed the takedown requests—for everything from search results to YouTube videos—issued to it from around the world. It turns out that such demands are on the rise, with requests from the US courts and government doubling in the last twelve months, from 92 in a six-month period to 187.
In a blog post explaining the report, Google states that it complies with "an average of 65 percent of court orders, as opposed to 47 percent of more informal requests" to remove material from its search results. The post goes on to explain that Google believes the trend is a troubling one:
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