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Requests by the numbers

We receive requests from the Telecommunications Communication Presidency of the Information and Communications Technologies Authority in Turkey to remove content for allegedly violating law no. 5816 on crimes against Atatürk.

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Explore requests from July to December 2013

Request: We received a request from a government agency to remove a YouTube video containing a survey of protesters at the Gezi Park demonstrations. The survey asked questions about the protestors’ political aims, their reason for protesting, and what caused them to join the protest.

Outcome: We did not remove content in response to this request for reasons of public interest.

Request: We received a court order from a governor to remove 195 URLs hosted on Blogger.

Outcome: We did not remove any content because the order did not specify the URLs in question.

Request: We received a request from the legal representatives of a media tycoon to remove eight blog posts based on an old court order for unjust violation of personal rights.

Outcome: We did not remove content in response to this request as the content requested for removal was not within the scope of the court order.

Request: We received a court order from a Commander in the Turkish Army requesting the removal of nine blog posts for alleged defamation.

Outcome: We removed eight blog posts from the blogspot.com.tr domain and did not remove one as we were unable to locate the defamatory content in question.

Request: We received a request from a government agency to remove one blog post which accused a Turkish government official of bribery and fraud.

Outcome: We did not remove content in response to this request for reasons of public interest.

Request: We received 57 requests from the Telecommunications Communications Presidency of the Information and Communications Technologies Authority regarding 22 blog posts and 162 videos that allegedly made defamatory claims about Ataturk.

Outcome: We restricted 150 videos from view in Turkey and did not remove 11 videos and 22 blog posts because we were unable to identify the offending content. One video was deleted by the uploader.

Removal requests from July to December 2013

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 895

Total items requested for removal: 1803

Compliance rates in July to December 2013

 

Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 38%

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: 12%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2013

Reason % Total Removals
Adult Content 53% 475
Defamation 19% 172
Government Criticism 9% 81
Reason Unspecified 8% 71
Privacy and Security 3% 26
Other 2% 19
National Security 2% 15
Drug Abuse 1% 11
Religious Offense 1% 9
Violence 1% 8
Copyright 1% 5
Suicide Promotion 0% 1
Bullying/Harrassment 0% 1
Hate Speech 0% 1

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