Google reports new highs for governments requesting content to be removed



Google issued its Content Removal Transparency Report for the first half of 2021, and warned it has continued to see a rising trend in requests from governments, as they pass new laws to allow content to be removed.

“These laws vary by country and region, and require the removal of content on a very wide range of issues — from hate speech to adult content and obscenity, to medical misinformation, to privacy and intellectual property violations,” Google vice president of trust and safety David Graff wrote.

“While content removal and local representative laws are often associated with repressive regimes, they are increasingly not limited to such nations.”

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