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Google received 255 content censorship requests from India between July to December 2011

Google has said it has received 255 instances of India asking
for online content censorship between July to December 2011, marking a sharp
rise of 49 per cent in the second half of last year. Google said India’s
request formed part of 1,000 demands from governments around the world in the
second half of last year to take down items such as YouTube videos and search
listings, and it complied with them more than half the time.

Google has said it has received 255 instances of India asking
for online content censorship between July to December 2011, marking a sharp
rise of 49 per cent in the second half of last year. Google said India’s
request formed part of 1,000 demands from governments around the world in the
second half of last year to take down items such as YouTube videos and search
listings, and it complied with them more than half the time.

India’s objections ranged from blockage of 133 YouTube
videos, including 10 made on national security considerations and 77 on
defamation, besides 26 web searches and 49 blogs, Google said in its
transparency report.

The Internet giant said political comments were a prime
target as the number of requests for the company to remove content from the
reach of Internet users jumped manifold. “We noticed that government agencies
from different countries would ask us to remove political content that the
users had posted,” a Google official has said.

After the U.S., India topped in demand for user
data with more than 2,207 requests of which 66 per cent were compiled with by
Google. Washington headed the global list with 6,321 requests. Google along
with some other Internet companies already faces lawsuits in India for content
found objectionable on its website. A key issue in the dispute is whether
intermediary can be held liable for third party content on its websites.

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