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Explore requests from January to June 2014

Request: We received a court order ruling for the removal of a Facebook post. The post criticized the President of the Court of Appeal of Palermo for rejecting a request to have Mr. Berlusconi as a witness in the trial of a politician accused of having mafia affiliations.

Outcome: The Postal and Communications Police provided Google with an amended copy of the order with a handwritten statement from the judge asking the Court Order to be served on Google Inc. We removed the Facebook URL from

Removal requests from January to June 2014

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 95

Total items requested for removal: 3888

Compliance rates in January to June 2014


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 76%

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: 19%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2014

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 77% 73
Privacy and Security 9% 9
Hate Speech 4% 4
Reason Unspecified 2% 2
Government Criticism 2% 2
Obscenity/Nudity 1% 1
Bullying/Harassment 1% 1
Violence 1% 1
Trademark 1% 1
Adult Content 1% 1

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