Requests by the numbers
Explore requests from January to June 2014
Request: We received an order from a US court to remove copies and prevent future uploads of the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" film from Google servers based upon a claim of copyright infringement from an actress in the film.
Outcome: We removed more than 1,000 copies of this film from YouTube and 6 copies from Blogger in compliance with this order. We petitioned for a rehearing en banc in the Ninth Circuit. The en banc panel ruled in our favor, dissolving the prior order, and finding no basis for a claim of copyright infringement.
Request: We received a request from the United States Social Security Administration to remove an advertisement based on Section 1140 of the Social Security Act.
Outcome: We removed the ad in compliance with local law.
Request: We received a court order requesting removal of dozens of pages written by a blogger about a local state scandal involving state politicians.
Outcome: We did not remove the content.
Request: We received an order to block several blog posts and search query results in relation to a cyberstalking case.
Outcome: We discovered the court order was fraudulent. We reinstated the posts and search results.
Removal requests from January to June 2014
Total removal requests received: 525
Total items requested for removal: 5799
Compliance rates in January to June 2014
Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 53%
Google’s compliance rate for requests from government agencies or law enforcement: 33%
Reasons for removals in January to June 2014
|Reason||%||Total Removal Requests|
|Privacy and Security||10%||54|
Breakdown of all of the requests we received during the reporting period.