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World Governments Increasingly Demand Internet Censorship

June 19, 2012 by  

World Governments Increasingly Demand Internet Censorship

Governments throughout the world are requesting that Internet companies censor large amounts of online content, and the usual suspects aren’t the only countries involved.

This from a new semi-annual transparency report put together by the search engine giant Google.

Much of the content that governments asked to have removed from the Internet was political in nature, and many of the requests were made by Western democracies that that are not typically considered proponents of censorship.

According to Google, Spain asked the company to remove 270 links to blogs and newspaper articles critical of public figures. Poland asked for the removal of an article and eight links that directed users to the article that criticized a government agency. In both cases Google says it declined to comply.

Canadian officials asked the company to remove a video of a YouTube user who urinated on his passport and flushed it down the toilet, a request that was also disregarded.

In the United Kingdom, government officials said YouTube was hosting at least six videos that promoted terrorism. The company removed all of the videos. And in the United States, authorities asked Google to remove 187 Internet posts that they deemed to be harassing in content. Google reportedly complied with 42 percent of the requests.

Dorothy Chou, Google’s senior policy analyst, wrote in a blog post about the report:

Unfortunately, what we’ve seen over the past couple years has been troubling, and today is no different. When we started releasing this data, in 2010, we noticed that government agencies from different countries would sometimes ask us to remove political content that our users had posted on our services. We hoped this was an aberration. But now we know it’s not.

This is the fifth data set that we’ve released. Just like every other time, we’ve been asked to take down political speech. It’s alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect – western democracies not typically associated with censorship.

Other countries that requested content removal include Pakistan, which unsuccessfully requested the removal of six YouTube videos that satirized its army and senior politicians, and Thailand, which asked for the removal of 149 YouTube videos for allegedly insulting the monarchy — a violation of Thailand’s lèse-majesté law. The company complied with 70 percent of the Thai requests.

Overall, Google complied with an average of 65 percent of court orders, as opposed to 47 percent of more informal requests in the six-month period covered by the report.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Vicki

    Of course governments the world over (Including the US government) want to silence the internet. Someone once said that freedom of the press is for those who own the presses. For the first time in history EVERYONE can own their own press and print all manner of stories. As the MSM in the US has learned, the big propaganda sources (/wave @MSNBC) can no longer control the narrative. This is frightening to those who would control all that they wish for us to see and hear.

    Then again that was the purpose of the founding fathers inclusion of the First Amendment to OUR Constitution.

  • TIME

    Welcome to the CONtrol Grid, saddly you have lived your whole life in it, yet you failed to take note of it. Your NOT free and never have been.

    I don’t care where you live or what you think you can do, YOU nor any person on the earth is free. There are just differant levels of being slaves. We here in America have been granted Privileges after you gave away your RIGHTS, oddly the Privileges are what many others have not had, let alone they never had RIGHTS.

    BUT – thats all about to change, as the change that some begged for is well under way and as the last few steps are completed – well then I would hope that even the most mindless sheep will get it.

    Perhaps not, who knows – as stupidity has been fostered to the level that there are very few words that can sum it up, but after over 150 years of being in the state of SOFT Slavery, well thats about to end.

    If you want your freedom / Rights back, your going to have to really get your hands dirty.
    But saddly I would think that most of you will just sit back and watch the daily Propaganda feeds, or that special baseball team etc.

    Peace and Love

    • pweiters9

      6/19/12, It saddens me that those clamoring the loudest about freedom, justice, equality, etc. are quite willing to piss it all away & swoon over a con like BO.

  • kategray

    Those who want to control the internet want total control over the masses and not allow remarks that are negitive to them.

  • T. Jefferson

    They want to limit their people access to information needed to support their fight for freedom from overpowering governments. We are lucky, should the need arise, we have the ability to fight back as long as A-10′s with tactical nukes stay out of it.

    • Jazzabelle

      “as long as A-10′s with tactical nukes stay out of it.”

      Good luck on that one.

      We the people have been the declared enemies of the “government” since 1933.

  • HH

    Google and Youtube keep an eye out for commie infiltrators into your companies and keep up the good work you have done allowing us a place to voice our views and exercise our right to free speech!

  • Gea

    Thomas Jefferson said: People are inherently capable of making proper decisions when properly informed. Censorship is often used to obfuscate the facts and over-crowding with garbage can also burry esential facts. If people are not properly educated to critically evaluate tons of information on Internet, they can be just as ignorant as those who never read books and solve problems in the real world.

    • Vicki

      fortunately the elites give us clues to help locate dis-information. 2 of those clues are “follow the money”, and demonetization of the opponent in a debate/discussion.

  • Bert Cundle Sr.

    We Haven’t finished Civilizeing U.S. of A. Yet… How can we Civilize the world? SUPPORT FREEDOM OF OPINION, & ABILITY TO ANNOUNCE IT!

    • Bert Cundle Sr.


  • s c

    WHERE are the utopians on this issue? We’re occasionally reminded that they “LOVE” free speech. So WHERE are they today? Big governments aren’t much different than an aggressive form of cancer, folks. They get bigger, and they drain off what they need and eventually KILL the host.
    In the near future, when big governments around the world have to take off their masks, the death of the INTERNET will become their #1 priority. Suck it up and get ready for it, people. As for you utopians out there, this will affect your sorry rumps, too. Let’s hear how this issue DOES NOT affect you. Let us know how not having the internet will make this planet “better.”
    Pull up your pants, utopians, and grow a spine. Here’s a chance for you two-legged losers to take a stand and see utopianism for what it REALLY is. Do you think your White House ‘God’ will have the guts to defend the internet?

    • Dennis48e

      ‘WHERE are the utopians on this issue? We’re occasionally reminded that they “LOVE” free speech.”

      The only “free” speach they love is their own. Yours and mine doesn’t qualify in their eyes.

  • JeffH

    As an FYI and related to “world government”…the latest from Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Forget about global warming, climate change and global cooling. Now the UN driven enviro wackies are changing what ever they want to call it to “sustainable development”.

    Oh what an evil web they weave.
    Can you define sustainability? ICLEI can’t…

  • JeffH

    Champagne flows as enviros demand lower living standards

  • FEDUP!

    Media blackout must not be working so well. Shame on our government for restricting the right to make an informed decision. This is ridiculous.

  • Average Joe

    When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • Steven Archibald

    Google,..Once free,but now watched over by big brother who has it’s own agenda and cannot stand the criminal in office that is b.o.either.

  • Your Globalist Friend

    The goyim are doomed.

  • afdbghq

    Free speech means that a person has the right to say anything they want. We may or may not agree with them but that does not give us the right to censor their free speech. One a persons ability to freely express their opinions is limited or revoked, how long will it be until everyone’s free speech is taken away. Once a government has a power, no matter how limited, how long until that power is expanded until the particular freedom is taken away forever. Of course the governments always sat it is to “protect” someone or a group, buy in reality is only about protecting the power of the government at the expense of the people


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