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Explore requests from July to December 2015

Request: We received a request from the Délégation Interministérielle à la Lutte Contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme (DILCRA) to delist one URL from Google Search and two YouTube videos containing denial of the Holocaust and allegations that it was government-orchestrated propaganda.

Outcome: We delisted the URL from the domain. The videos were removed for violation of YouTube Community Guidelines.

Removal requests from July to December 2015

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 130

Total items requested for removal: 800

Compliance rates in July to December 2015


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 81%

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: 59%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
National Security 27% 35
Privacy and Security 25% 32
Defamation 22% 28
Other 11% 14
Obscenity/Nudity 8% 10
Bullying/Harassment 2% 3
Violence 2% 3
Copyright 2% 2
Impersonation 1% 1
Religious Offense 1% 1
Adult Content 1% 1

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