Google: 63% Of YouTube Videos Are Now Restricted In Turkey

We know that this year Government requests to remove content has skyrocketed so far in 2012. Thanks to Google’s more detailed transparency reports that were rolled out earlier this year, we can also see the most egregious countries along with request data. Turkey supplied 501 requests so far in 2012, up 1,013% from the previous reporting period.

The most surprising  morels of information was that Google is now restricting Turkish users from accessing 63% of YouTube videos. The removal requests were all submitted on “alleged criticism of Atatürk, the government or national identity and values.”

Google also stated that a Turkish law enforcement agency requested the removal of 242 YouTube videos for referencing a specific individual — none of which were removed. Additionally, no content was removed from Web Search, Blogger blogs, or on Google Documents .

A detailed breakdown of Turkey’s removal requests can be seen on the official Google page.

Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Google | Google: Legal


About The Author: Greg Finn is the Director of Marketing for Cypress North, a company that provides world-clasee social media and search marketing services and web & application development. He has been in the Internet marketing industry for 10+ years and specializes in Digital Marketing. You can also find Greg on Twitter (@gregfinn) or LinkedIn.

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  • ozgr

    This information is wrong. Please check your source and learn speak Turkish.

  • MirandaN

    I think the premise of your headline is incorrect, I don’t think the 63 percent referred to all YouTube videos, but 63 percent of the 426 videos requested to be removed by Turkey, if you read the explanation more carefully.

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