Censorship, USA (Google stands up edition)

As described in the Guardian (and Hat tip to RMS)

Google faced down demands from a US law enforcement agency to take down YouTube videos allegedly showing police brutality earlier this year, figures released for the first time show.

The technology giant’s biannual transparency report shows that Google refused the demands from the unnamed authority in the first half of this year.

According to the report, Google separately declined orders by other police authorities to remove videos that allegedly defamed law enforcement officials.

The demands formed part of a 70% rise in takedown requests from the US government or police, and were revealed as part of an effort to highlight online censorship around the world.

Figures revealed for the first time show that the US demanded private information about more than 11,000 Google users between January and June this year, almost equal to the number of requests made by 25 other developed countries, including the UK and Russia.

Censorship, USA (Google stands up edition)

2 thoughts on “Censorship, USA (Google stands up edition)

  1. The attempt by law enforcement to suppress the public from recording them may be more significant than realized. How bad it really is, I don’t know; but it appears to be gaining significance.

    The post “Are Cameras the New Guns?” was based on the posts of others and various newspaper articles. I concluded with “When the police can arrest you for filming their actions to “hide” the truth, then we have descended into a police state. In the movie “V” there is a very prophetic quote:“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

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