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Requests by the numbers

During the period that Google's joint venture operated, its search results were subject to censorship pursuant to requests from government agencies responsible for Internet regulation. Chinese officials consider censorship demands to be state secrets, so we cannot disclose any information about content removal requests for the two reporting periods from July 2009 to June 2010.

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Explore requests from January to June 2014

Request: We received two requests from the China Ministry of Public Security—one to remove a Google+ profile and another to remove a blog from Blogger—for published content allegedly created by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement.

Outcome: We removed both the Google+ profile and the blog for violation of Google+ and Blogger Content Policy.

Removal requests from January to June 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 23

Total items requested for removal: 258

Compliance rates in January to June 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 0%

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: 70%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Government Criticism 48% 11
National Security 35% 8
Defamation 9% 2
Privacy and Security 4% 1
Copyright 4% 1

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