Is Google in trouble? Censorship requests rising
According to representatives at Google, they’ve discovered an ‘alarming spike’ in web censorship requests over the period of 3 months. The internet search giant says that they haven’t ‘always fulfilled each of these requests’ and only actually fulfills about 42% of them.
“For example, in the second half of last year, Spanish regulators asked us to remove 270 search results that linked to blogs and articles in newspapers referencing individuals and public figures, including mayors and public prosecutors. In Poland, we received a request from a public institution to remove links to a site that criticized it. We didn’t comply with either of these requests.”
Google notes that this trend is quote ‘alarming’ due to the fact even the United States is attempting to censor some things they find about the country or its officials on the web.
What do you think about this? Do you think its fair for the U.S government to demand Google censor the web?
- Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in censorship by governments (guardian.co.uk)
- Google Reports Rise In Removal Requests (rferl.org)
- Google alarmed by rise in govt. censorship requests (panarmenian.net)
- EYE-BALL Opinion on – Google Report on Political Censorship (bleyzie.wordpress.com)