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Offline Alfie

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There's some interesting information available about requests by governments and organisations to remove certain material from their sites and to request the handing over of information about user accounts. Below is a small selection:

Thailand
January to June 2011
We received two requests from the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology in Thailand to remove 225 YouTube videos for allegedly insulting the monarchy in violation of Thailand's lèse-majesté law. We restricted Thai users from accessing more than 90% of the videos.
July to December 2011
We received four requests from the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology in Thailand to remove 149 YouTube videos for allegedly insulting the monarchy in violation of Thailand's lèse-majesté law. We restricted 70% of these videos from view in Thailand in accordance with local law.

United Kingdom
We received a request from the UK's Association of Police Officers to remove five user accounts that allegedly promoted terrorism. We terminated these accounts because they violated YouTube's Community Guidelines, and as a result approximately 640 videos were removed.

User Data Requests: Government requests for disclosure of user data from Google accounts or services.
UK - January to June 2011: 1,279, Users/Accounts: 1,444
UK - July to December 2011:  1,455, Users/Accounts: 1,764  

United States
January to June 2011:
We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests. The number of content removal requests we received increased by 70% compared to the previous reporting period.

July to December 2011
We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove a blog because of a post that allegedly defamed a law enforcement official in a personal capacity. We did not comply with this request, which we have categorized in this Report as a defamation request.

We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove 1,400 YouTube videos for alleged harassment. We did not comply with this request. Separately, we received a request from a different local law enforcement agency to remove five user accounts that allegedly contained threatening and/or harassing content. We terminated four of the accounts, which resulted in the removal of approximately 300 videos, but did not remove the remaining account with 54 videos.

We received a court order to remove 218 search results that linked to allegedly defamatory websites. We removed 25% of the results cited in the request. The number of content removal requests we received increased by 103% compared to the previous reporting period.



Much more available here: http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/government
and here: http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals


Offline sulasno

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removing the offensive videos in a waste of time;

putting them into restricted areas seem like a better idea

eg  videos deemed offensive to Thais cannot be access by Thailand's IPs

unless videos are reviewed before being allowed to be posted on YouTube, it is a waste of resources to remove them after receiving complaints

Guess what is the number of videos being uploaded everyday ? lol