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Google Sees Spike in Requests to Censor Political Speech

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Google today released updated data about government requests to remove data from its network or hand over user information, and said that recent trends are “troubling.”

“This is the fifth data set that we’ve released. And just like every other time before, we’ve been asked to take down political speech,” Dorothy Chou, a Google senior policy analyst, wrote in a blog post. “It’s alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect—Western democracies not typically associated with censorship.”

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