The top reasons countries ask Google to remove content

Google is the world’s number one search engine, with a 92.4% market share, according to Statista. It is not surprising then that the number of takedown requests made to Google by countries around the world continues to grow as our reliance on the internet keeps us online.

Since 2009, Google has announced the number of content removal requests it receives from governments around the world in its annual Transparency Report — and there are some interesting trends in the report.

Netherlands-based VPN company Surfshark has analysed these files to see which countries have asked Google to remove the most content and the most common reasons for those requests.

It filtered the data from the Transparency Report by location, the volume of requests between 2011 – 2020, the volume of requests in 2020 alone, and the top reason for requests in each country and globally.

Its goal was to reveal which government bodies around the world submit the most requests to Google to remove content and why.

As a company, Google covers far more than just search engine requests and responses. Content removal can be requested across Google Docs, Google Play, Gmail, Maps, Photos, Ads and YouTube. But one of its products, YouTube, dominates

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