Google rejects all censorship requests from Thai government in second half of 2013

Google did not comply with any of the Thai authorities’ requests to remove YouTube videos deemed insulting to the Thai monarchy, or to reveal user data, according to the latest Google Transparency Report, which is based on data from July to December 2013.

During this period Google also received a request from an unnamed former MP who asked Google to remove a link to content allegedly defaming him, but Google refused to do so, citing public interest. 

From July to December 2013, Google received two requests from the Thai authorities which asked the company to remove 298 videos on YouTube. The company however did not remove any of them as the requests asked for global removal. 

In 2011, Google restricted access of people in Thailand to about 100 videos on YouTube, constituting 70 percent of the Thai authorities’ requests to have 149 videos entirely removed due to alleged lèse majesté. Google said they did not remove them but merely restricted access “to respect local laws.”

The Thai authorities also sent 10 requests asking Google to hand them user data for 15 Google accounts during the period. Google did not comply. From January to June this year, the Thai authorities sent 14 requests asking Google to reveal user data for 19 Google accounts. 

Google did not reveal any, according to the report. 

Overall, Google received 3,105 requested from governments around the world to remove 14,367 pieces of content.


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