GOOGLE: 49% increase in the Online content censorship demands from India

image  Internet behemoth Google registered 255 instances of India requesting for online content censorship, posing a sharp increase of 49% in the second half of 2011. India’s request formed part of 1,000 demands from governments around the world to remove objectionable materials such as YouTube videos, web searches, and blogs. India objected to 133 YouTube videos, including those made on national security considerations and defamation.

Who tops the chart in Online content censorship demands?

  • Govt around the world primarily target political comments and request internet companies to remove objectionable content from the Internet
    US topped the global chart in demand for user data with 6,321 requests.
  • US is followed by India in demand for user data with more than 2,207 requests. Google acquiesced to about 66% requests from India

Google and some other Internet majors are already battling lawsuits in India for objectionable contents on their websites. A major issue in the argument is whether intermediary can be held responsible for third party content on its websites.

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