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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 2015

Request: The China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center (CIIRC) requested review of 20 Google+ profiles for Google+ policy violations, claiming the profiles impersonated the President of China, Xi Jinping.

Outcome: We removed 6 profiles that used the name and photo of the president for violating the Google+ User Content and Conduct Policy.

Removal requests from January to June 2015

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 9

Total items requested for removal: 224

Compliance rates in January to June 2015


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: 100%

Reasons for removals in January to June 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Impersonation 33% 3
National Security 33% 3
Defamation 22% 2
Privacy and Security 11% 1

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