If the government wants Google to remove content, officials can file a removal request with the tech giant. Google, for transparency, releases data on those takedown requests, there for any interested party to peruse.
Designer Sebastian Sadowski took some of that info and placed it in an interactive format, letting people see, at a glance, what their government would rather they didn't see. Here's the breakdown in the United States, where the majority of takedown requests are apparently through Google's search operation. The infographic also shows the reasons those requests were filed. In the U.S., "defamation" (based on court orders) handily tops other reasons, like "impersonation" and "trademark."
Keep in mind, you need to do some interpretation to read this right: the data is broken down by six-month periods. "2012-06" toward the top, indicates the data is from the first six months of the year 2012. Once you know that, it's not hard to see an upward trend in the number of requests.
Unfortunately, there's no data here on how many of the requests Google complied with, which might make the infographic look very different. You can get some data on that from Google's report.
Still, it's worth checking out the full infographic to see how local laws affect these stats. Who knew Belgium had so many issues with YouTube?
Basically, it's the same as with, say, polluting. A single individual of the “rank and file” dumps a gallon of oil in a river, the government parachutes troops in and they arrest the person on the spot. A major industrial concern dumps thousands of tons of poison a year and the government “negotiates with them for tax breaks and other incentives to obey the law”. A single person places information that compromises the New World Order fraud, the “war on 'terror'”, and the government carries out surveillance on them and likely crashes their computer, when possible, with viruses. A profitable company places addresses of sites that question NWO lies and the NWO “requests” that they not provide information. And they induct that profitable company among those that are called on the carry out surveillance on, and possibly crashing the computers of, those who challenge New World Order lies.
Incidentally, notice “defamation”, the largest category the government supposedly seeks to censor. Since 2001, Washington has all but advertised for vicious and malicious, even if patently untrue, statements about everyone from Muslims as a group to Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un. As much as 90% or more of all comments lodged on individuals in this range have been provably defamatory, but you never see them removed. Look up My Pet Jawa's contest to see who could provide the foullest, most filthy and desecratory depiction of the Koran, then check out The Boston Globe's proud declaration of the site to be a legitimate “monitor” of “terrorism investigations”. But, then, maybe the contest to profane the Koran may have been a “terrorism investigation” itself, trying to goad Muslims into action then calling them “terrorists” and scamming NWO taxpayer money for Homeland Security services. But those who enjoy abusing others in print often don't have any limits to what they enjoy. They can appreciation truthful but ugly “defamatory” statements about powerful members of the NWO as they can enjoy lying “truths” about those the New World Order seeks to enslave. The saying goes, “You dig a grave for another, you trip and fall in it yourself.” One kind of defamation, Washington asks Google to stop, the other they endorse. Hypocrisy in action.
Thought this was interesting, but there is more to the story here that isn’t really told in this infographic (as is usually the case with data representation in any form)
1. We have no frame of reference for how statistically valid the numbers are; 927 Removal requests over the course of 2.5 years compared to the number of items placed on the web is miniscule.
2. US does not mean US Government (implication), these are largely court orders (91%).
3. One request might represent multiple items, ie. one request to remove 771 items (groups posts) in response to a court order. There were a total of 3,956 items requested by court order, police, etc in the US.
4. Many of these requests were not fulfilled (55%).
5. The 77.86% graphic of who has access to the web is extraneous information and doesn’t seem pertinent to this vis.
6. It isn’t clear how the graph at the bottom – which is slightly confusing – is actually relevant to the purpose of the viz.
7. At least one request was posted multiple times in different countries.
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