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Explore requests from July to December 2013

Request: We received a request accompanying a third-party court order by a CEO of a credit company who requested we remove 333 search results for articles that suggested he was engaged in fraudulent business dealings.

Outcome: We did not remove content in response to the request as the court order was irrelevant to the content in question.

Request: We received a third-party court order forwarded by a Tampa pharmacist asking us to remove two news articles from search results relating to his arrest for sexual solicitation of a minor over the internet pursuant to the court order.

Outcome: We did not remove content in response to the order.

Request: We received a request from the Georgia Department of Corrections to remove a YouTube video depicting alleged abuse of inmates. The department requested the video be removed due to its violent nature.

Outcome: We did not remove content in response to this request as the video did not violate YouTube Community Guidelines.

Removal requests from July to December 2013

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 481

Total items requested for removal: 3667

Compliance rates in July to December 2013

 

Google’s compliance rate for requests from courts: 50%

Google’s compliance rate for requests from government agencies or law enforcement: 89%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2013

Reason % Total Removals
Defamation 68% 328
Privacy and Security 14% 69
Bullying/Harrassment 7% 36
Trademark 5% 22
Impersonation 2% 9
Other 2% 8
Copyright 1% 6
Reason Unspecified 0% 2
Violence 0% 1

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