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Dublin - Internet giant Google was asked more than 1,000 times between July and December last year to remove content that criticised governments or public figures.
The company will on Monday reveal in Dublin that governments made 546 “informal” requests to have material taken off Google, YouTube and other company-owned websites, while 460 court orders were made ordering the company to remove content.
Fewer than 10 requests have been made from Irish users to remove content, and none in the the second half of 2011.
A spokeswoman said the number of requests was increasing.
“There's a higher number of informalised requests,” she told the Irish Independent.
“We complied with an average of 68 percent of court orders, and 43 percent of informal requests.
“We do see a growing problem of governments that want to censor or block. We operate in about 150 countries and about 25 of them at any time have services disrupted.”
The company will today publish its Transparency Report at the Dublin Conference on Internet Freedom, organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs - Irish Independent
• Google has made the data on government-related requests public. The raw data can be downloaded from its site.