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Govts. of India, Russia & Turkey censor social media & blog content the most, according to new research

Author: Paul Bischoff, comparitech.com, Published on: 8 November 2019

"Which government censors the tech giants the most?" 1 Oct 2019

In 2009, Google started recording the number of content removal requests it received from courts and government agencies... several other companies followed suit, including Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, and Wikimedia... [A]t Comparitech, we’ve collated all of this data to find out which governments censor online content the most and which channels are targeted by each government... India and Russia are well ahead, accounting for 19.86 and 19.75 percent of the overall number of removal requests...  [The top countries] by... number of [content removal] requests put through to Twitter... are Turkey... accounting for 55.23 percent of the overall number of requests... [As one example according to Twitter]... “We received a court order demanding removal of 24 allegedly defamatory Tweets related to a book written about the owner of a well-known construction company."

[The top country] by number of requests put through to Facebook... is India... This is where the vast majority of India’s government content removal requests go... The top countries by number of Microsoft removal requests... [are] China... and France... China is the clear leader here with 3,732 requests over 4 years, accounting for 69.46 percent of the total... France... takes the second spot with 12.75 percent of the requests.

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