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Explore requests from July to December 2014

Request: We received an electoral court order to remove a Blogger blog post accusing several major news sources of manipulating the population.

Outcome: We removed the blog post from domain.

Removal requests from July to December 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 527

Total items requested for removal: 2306

Compliance rates in July to December 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 59%

Note that frequently court orders included with requests do not compel Google to take any action. Rather, they often result from a dispute with a third party and are submitted by the requesting user as evidence to support their claim that we should remove the content.

Google’s compliance rate for requests from government agencies or law enforcement: 38%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 50% 262
Privacy and Security 18% 97
Electoral Law 16% 85
Other 6% 31
Adult Content 3% 14
Impersonation 2% 8
Government Criticism 2% 8
Reason Unspecified 1% 5
Copyright 1% 4
Bullying/Harassment 1% 4
Obscenity/Nudity 1% 3
Trademark 1% 3
Violence 0% 2
Religious Offense 0% 1

Breakdown of all of the requests we received during the reporting period.