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Google refuses to remove police-brutality videos, it says | Activist News

Google refuses to remove police-brutality videos, it says

Bangor Daily News
Oct. 31, 2011

In its most recent Transparency Report, Google states that it has received multiple requests from law-enforcement officials to remove videos.

“We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests.”

The report covers January to June of this year, and catalogs removal requests from a variety of sources. The report states that Google complied with 63 percent of the 92 requests for content removal and a 93 percent of the 5,950 requests for user data. Writing in The Atlantic, Rebecca J. Rosen says that the lack of detail in the report “does more for making government transparent than it does more making Google itself transparent.”


The company says it releases this information to “help in ongoing discussions about the appropriate scope and authority of government requests,” and referred elsewhere to the need to reform the  Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Full Article Here – http://bangordailynews.com/2011/10/31/news/nation/google-refuses-to-remove-police-brutality-videos/

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