Google has received requests for over 100 million links to be removed from its search index since January. The figure as of 29 July is 108,926,161 individual link takedown requests from over 225,000 submissions from various organisations.
The amount of requests made just in 2013 equates to almost a third of the total requests made since Google started publishing the data in 2011. The growth in takedown requests is documented in the graph below.The vast majority of requests take the form of copyright violation notices, with movies, music and pornographic material all facing the chop. Degban, which represents clients from the porn industry among others, requested the most URLs be removed in the twelve months to July 2013, racking up 29 million unique URLs.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) both individually requested around 25 million links to be removed, while American TV and movie giant Fox noted 13 million copyright infringing links.
Google reports on its FAQ page on takedown requests that it honours around 97 percent of the requests it receives to remove links from it search index. This would suggest over 100 million have been taken down this year.
Google makes takedown requests public in order to take "steps towards greater transparency" and that the data will "help inform ongoing discussions about the appropriate scope and authority of content regulation online."
In addition to publishing the data on links that violate copyright, Google also makes the amount of requests it receives from governments. In April, the firm noted that "the scope of government attempts to censor content on Google services had grown, with defamatory content the main reason for a request being made.
V3 contacted Google for comment on the milestone, but received no reply at the time of publishing.
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