Government Removal Requests

Like other technology and communications companies, Oath receives requests from governments around the world to either remove content from our services based on allegations that it violates local laws, or to review content to determine if it should be removed for inconsistency with a product’s Community Guidelines or our Terms of Service. Whatever the allegation or assertion, we carefully review each request and respond in accordance with our Global Principles for Responding to Government Requests.

Government removal requests by country

For each country listed below, we report the number of Government Removal Requests received during the specified reporting period, the number of items specified in the requests, and the percentage of requests in response to which some content was removed. While we endeavor to make this data as complete as possible, we only include in our numbers requests that we identify as being from a government agency. If a government agency used a Report Abuse link, for example, we wouldn’t be able to identify the party making the request to remove content and would not include that request in our statistics. We continue to work to track these requests.

Country Total requests Total items specified Compliance rate
Australia 1 1 100%
Germany 5 39 100%
Japan 7 56 100%
Korea 2 16 100%
Mauritius 1 1 0%
Mexico 1 2 100%
Russia 31 31 10%
United Kingdom 4 8 25%
United States 6 53 100%
Global total 58 207 45%

Illustrative examples

India - We received a request from an Indian government agency to remove images on the basis that they were posted without the consent of the individual depicted in the images. We reviewed the request and determined that no action was needed because the account owner had deleted the images.

Mauritius - We received a request from a Mauritian government agency to remove video content on the basis that it was defamatory to a government official’s family. We rejected the request because we determined that the content was not hosted on our network.

Russia - We received a request to remove content from Tumblr on the basis that the material constituted extremist activity. After reviewing the content and determining that it did not violate Tumblr’s Community Guidelines, we rejected the request.

Russia - We received a request to remove a Flickr image on the basis that the image depicted pornographic material. We did not remove the image because it did not violate Flickr’s Community Guidelines, but we moderated the account’s safety setting to “restricted” consistent with the Flickr Community Guidelines.

United States - We received a request to disable a Flickr account and Flickr group on the basis that they were being used to impersonate and harass. We deactivated the Flickr account after determining that it violated Flickr’s Community Guidelines.

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