[In the news] Google rejects Philippine mayor’s ‘takedown’ request -InterAksyon.com

Google rejects Philippine mayor’s ‘takedown’ request
by J.M. Tuazon, InterAksyon.com
November 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Google turned down a request from a Philippine mayor to remove the content posted on its blogging platform that was critical of the public official, the search giant’s latest transparency report revealed.

Covering the period of January to June 2012, the transparency report saw a rise is government requests for content removal and local restriction from various nations around the world including the Philippines, which is slowly coming to terms with government intervention on what used to be a freewheeling Internet.

“We received a request from the office of a local mayor to remove five blogs for criticizing the mayor. We did not remove content in response to this request,” the technology firm said in its report.

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