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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 2015

Request: We received a court order to remove four Blogger posts that contain criticism of a prominent political figure in Turkey.

Outcome: We did not remove the blog posts.

Removal requests from July to December 2015

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 745

Total items requested for removal: 2926

Compliance rates in July to December 2015


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 31%

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: 37%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 46% 341
Privacy and Security 28% 212
National Security 16% 118
Obscenity/Nudity 3% 25
Business Complaints 2% 14
Government Criticism 1% 9
Copyright 1% 5
Religious Offense 1% 5
Drug Abuse 1% 5
Reason Unspecified 1% 4
Other 0% 3
Suicide Promotion 0% 1
Violence 0% 1
Trademark 0% 1
Adult Content 0% 1

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