Engadget post time: April 26, 2013 at 12:28AM
Governments are getting nosier than ever, at least if you ask Google. The search firm has already noticed rapidly mounting censorship in recent months, but its latest half-year Transparency Report has revealed a 26 percent surge in takedown requests toward the end of 2012 — at 2,285 total, more than twice as many as in 2009. Much of the jump can be attributed to Brazil, whose municipal election triggered a rush of anti-defamation requests from candidates, as well as a Russian blacklisting law that allows for trial-free website takedowns.
Whether or not the heat dies down in 2013, we’ll have a better sense of just what happens when a YouTube request comes down the pipe. From now on, Google will say whether government-based demands to remove videos were based on YouTube’s Community Guidelines or were directly linked to regional laws. Google isn’t any more inclined to comply with such requests — it argues those Brazilian clips are free speech, for example — but we’ll have a better sense of just how easy it is for the company to say no.
Via: Google Official Blog
Source: Google Transparency Report
Reference source: Engadget