All the ways Google is asked to censor the web, in one handy chart

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Google recently released statistics on all the legal requests it gets to censor the Web via its many services, from Search to YouTube. Now Sebastian Sadowski has created some handy visualizations of all the ways information is being censored — perhaps without you even realizing it.

Sadowski allows you to pick your view based on the country of your choice. Above, you can see the United States view, showing which services are targeted most often for censorship. Below, you can see the complete chart showing what reasons are given for these requests to remove content. The top two reasons given for removals are defamation and "privacy and security."


Over at Google, the company notes how many times it has complied with these requests (note that it does not comply with all requests, though it does with the vast majority of them). The data covers a two-year period between 2010-2012, and you can see a remarkable rise in requests for the company to remove items search results, as well as content from blogs on its Blogger hosting platform. Also, in 2012, we see a big jump in censorship requests related to Gmail.

Play more with Sadowski's infographic, and check out what other countries ask Google to remove. (Spotted on PopSci!)