Governments Demanding Google Censor Online Criticism At Record Levels

Anthony Gucciardi
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April 26th, 2013
Updated 04/26/2013 at 7:53 pm

Disagree with the government? You may have your content yanked from Google if governments around the world get their way in the latest round of removal requests attempting to censor government criticism.

google government censorshipThe fate of over 24,179 pieces of content is caught in the struggle between Google and government entities, with the search juggernaut on the receiving end of 2,285 government requests to flush the content down the memory hole. Google states on its official blog that the content takedown requests are not only piling in at record levels, but they specifically demand the censorship of political content that criticizes the government or government officials.

In the post on their blog regarding censorship on the web and the increased number of takedown notices from government, the Google Public Policy post details:

“As we’ve gathered and released more data over time, it’s become increasingly clear that the scope of government attempts to censor content on Google services has grown. In this particular time period, we received court orders in several countries to remove blog posts criticizing government officials or their associates.”

What Google does not publicly announce, however, is what specific websites are being targeted. Obviously it’s most likely alternative news websites and blogs, but I can imagine major websites like Infowars, NaturalNews, Drudge Report, and others are listed among more than a few of these takedown demands. And how about Storyleak? With over several hundred thousand views on articles regarding the Boston Marathon drill that the mainstream media denies ever happened, it would not be surprising to find out that my work has been put on the chopping block by the government.

Perhaps what’s more important to know is whether or not some or any of these requests will be fulfilled by Google. Will Google openly take down certain government criticisms, and where is the line drawn?

Among the countries issuing requests were Russia and Brazil, where statistics released by Google highlight a specifically sharp rise in takedown requests. Unsurprisingly, the requests from these two countries doubled among municipal elections as politicians sought to remove negative press from the web.

The simple fact of the matter is  that Google controls a large degree of what is seen on the web, with millions each day headed over to the search engine in order to find out more about a specific topic. In the event that Google begins serving these government takedown requests over government criticism, finding real information from alternative sources will be harder than ever.

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Anthony Gucciardi

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Google Plus Profile Anthony Gucciardi is the creator of Storyleak, accomplished writer, producer, and seeker of truth. His articles have been read by millions worldwide and are routinely featured on major alternative news websites like Drudge Report, Infowars, NaturalNews, G Edward Griffin's Reality Zone, and many others. He is also a founding member of the third largest alternative health site in the world, NaturalSociety.com.

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  1. RED says:

    They're just now admitting out in the open what has been going on.

  2. The government got slapped down for their use of National Security Orders.. At least we're starting to get a "bit" more info before it happens.

  3. Karla says:

    Why can't I post your article to FB?

    Also, when I click on your link to FB it takes me to some girl's page.

  4. interesting says:

    noted here: http://bit.ly/RnJXHW
    “socially responsible curated treatment” http://slate.me/zNftsD
    “cognitive infiltration” http://bit.ly/7h4LYD
    The label is 'conspiracy' the target is outlets vetting concerns outside the politically "approved" boundaries

    FoxNews http://fxn.ws/V7BGMt

  5. DDearborn says:

    Hmmm

    censorship is now in full swing on the net around the globe. This censorship includes the US. We are going to be spoon fed propaganda on critical issues. And by the time Joe six pack realizes (if he ever does) the implications the war against the working class will be over.

  6. Alex says:

    A world of criminal governments, they will try anything to stifle the public.

    • MarkXXXXX says:

      Big Brother is keeping track of all who rail against him… It's not so much what you say, as it is that you dare to say it…

    • DimReefer says:

      Try going to any conservative site that uses googleapolois fonts. It's time for all progressives in the US to burn. ALL of them deserve to be standing in front of a firing squad.

  7. Aussie says:

    so use a better search engine that also doesnt track you or target you or onsell your info.
    Ixquick is one

  8. Hut Master says:

    The criminal Banks are the scumbags driving the sissy's in Washington. Most ALL the scumbags in Washington are corrupt gasbags and must be arrested for TREASON. The fake turd in the Oval office is a coward or he would stop the criminal theift of American Homes, by the dirtscum Mortgage Servicers. And, the dirtscum mortgage servicers have no standing to foreclose, so if you are in Foreclosure, tell the "pretender lender" to go phuck themselves.

  9. lovingtheson says:

    .what happened to freedom of speech?

  10. Shutter says:

    If the requests are coming from the U.S. government, Google and the rest should reply with a copy of the 1st Amendment. As much as they are trying to make the U.S. a socialist country, its not quite there yet. I'm sure many of these requests are coming from China, Vietnam, and other socialist countries (ok, Europe is mostly socialist too, but not all of them may not be asking for censorship).

  11. Bobby says:

    This is what you people on the left wanted. These are the wages of your hate crime laws, forced and illegal laws against freedom of association, endless smearing and labeling people you don't agree with, haters, leftists, nativists, nazi's, KKK, and all the rest. Now, you are going to be forced into absolute conformity by the state. But, who knows, you probably welcome all of it. Peace, comrades.

  12. championofwomen says:

    Then this site will be down soon because the DoD is looking at it like crazy.

    http://www.theusmarinesrape.com/FaceBook.html

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