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The Indonesian Government Most Asks Google to Remove Content

The Indonesian government was declared the country with the most requests for content removal on Google based on the number of items. Indonesia leads the way with requests for more than 500,000 URLs.

This is known from a Google report entitled: “Content Removal Transparency Report” This data contains requests from governments of countries around the world to remove content on Google from January to June 2021.

Based on ZDnet’s report, Sunday (10/24/2021), Indonesia took the lead because requests to remove content reached more than 500,000 URLs. Average URL addresses requested to be removed for violating gambling laws.

Google itself says it has removed more than 20,000 URLs, the rest are still under review.

The types of product requests that were removed from the Google platform consisted of Blogger, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Play Apps, Google Sites, Google Search, to YouTube.

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Meanwhile, Indonesian government agencies that have requested the removal of Google content include the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo), the Police, the TNI, direct requests from the courts, and other parties.

Below Indonesia is Russia, followed by countries such as Kazakhstan, Pakistan, South Korea, India, Vietnam, the United States, Turkey, and Brazil.

In addition, Google also released another category as the country with the highest number of requests. For this category, Russia occupies the first position.

While the other two to 10 positions are occupied by India, South Korea, Turkey, Pakistan, Brazil, the United States, Australia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Google’s Vice President of Trust and Safety, David Graff, said: “As use of Google’s services has increased over the years, their transparency report shows the number of government requests for content removal, both in terms of volume of requests and the number of individual items of content.

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“The transparency report spanning January to June 2021 shows the highest volume we’ve seen across both measurements to date,” Graff said on Google’s official blog.

In addition, the factor of increased demand is due to laws requiring information to be removed from online platforms. He admitted that the regulations are different in each country.

“The law requires content removal for a variety of issues, from hate speech, adult content, health-related misinformation, invasion of privacy, to intellectual property,” Graff added.

Furthermore, Graff said that many of these laws seek to protect users on online platforms and comply with Google’s community policies and guidelines.

That way, each country’s regulations can help Google to provide a good experience when they use its services.

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Here are the top 10 countries by volume of content items:

  1. Indonesia
  2. Russia
  3. Kazakhstan
  4. Pakistan
  5. South Korea
  6. India
  7. Vietnamese
  8. United States of America
  9. Turkey
  10. Brazil

The 10 countries with the most volume of content removal requests on Google:

  1. Russia
  2. India
  3. South Korea
  4. Turkey
  5. Pakistan
  6. Brazil
  7. United States of America
  8. Australia
  9. Vietnamese
  10. Indonesia