Google Calls Report On Government Takedown Requests "Alarming"

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    Google Calls Report on Government Takedown Requests "alarming," Warns That "free expression is at risk" - Hit & Run : Reason.com (click for full article)

    "What do the world's governments want from Google? Takedowns of online content criticizing governments. In a new report, the Internet search giant says it has received more than 1,000 content takedown requests from various governments across the globe during the last six months of 2011.

    The document is the fifth in a series of transparency reports disclosing requests from world governments to the company. And the company says the results are worrying. "Just like every other time before," writes Google policy analyst Dorothy Chao on the company's blog, "we've been asked to take down political speech. It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect-Western democracies not typically associated with censorship."

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