British Government & Police demand videos removal from Youtube
2 May 2013
The British government and police demanded Google remove 124 videos from Youtube, according to a report by the internet giant.
The report states that the UK government and police, excluding court orders for defamation and copyright infringement, made 124 requests to remove videos from the website.
Most involves videos that were deemed by the government to infringe national security and hate speech laws, with more than half of the requests rejected by Google.
Keen to present itself as a company that stands up for the rights of its users against governments, Google highlights several cases where they refused to remove content, including a YouTube video that allegedly showed racist behaviour by a local UK police force.
Google said that in the first six months of 2012, the number of requests for the content removal had increased by 98% compared with the same period in the previous year.
The report ranks Twitter top for protecting users. The microblogging site has been keen to paint itself as the organisation that will do most to protect individual rights and freedoms.
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