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‘We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual’ – David Drummond, Chief legal officer, Google

Google releases censorship tools

September 15th, 2010 – The US government asked Google for user information 4,287 times during the first six months of 2010.
During the same timeframe the UK government put in over 1,000 such requests.
This is just two snippets from Google’s new Transparency Report, a set of tools designed to show censorship levels around the globe.
Civil liberty groups welcomed the tool but called on Google to provide even more detail about the requests.
Earlier this year, Google released details about how often countries around the world ask it to hand over user data or to censor information.
The new map and tools follows on from that and allows users to click an individual country to see how many removal requests were fully or partially complied with, as well as which Google services were affected.
In the US, for example, there were seven court orders to remove content from YouTube from July 2009 to the end of the year.
There is also a traffic graph showing Google services around the world and related traffic outages, caused either by governments blocking access to information or, more mundanely, cables being cut.
Google’s public policy head Scott Rubin demonstrated the tool to the BBC.
“Last year after the Iranian elections access to the internet was cut off and we saw a sudden drop in traffic to YouTube,” he said.
Civil liberties groups said the tool would prove invaluable to activists determined to plot against government censorship around the globe.
“I think it is a tremendous initiative and it would be helpful if other networks could do the same thing,” said Lilian Edwards, professor of internet law at the University of Sheffield and board member of the Open Rights Group.
“I think there will be some embarrassing data and it will vary from country to country. The UK is neither the best or the worst,” she said.
More data about the nature of the requests would be useful, she added.
“It would be interesting to see whether these take-downs refer to libel, surveillance and intercepts or the content industries. The more data we have the more useful it will be,” she said.
“It would, for example, be interesting to compare Google’s data with published UK surveillance requests.”
Google can provide such data and is examining whether it can release more detail about the requests.
Explaining the genesis of the tool, David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer wrote in the official blog: “When Google’s services are blocked or filtered, we can’t serve our users effectively. That’s why we act every day to maximize free expression and access to information.
“Free expression is one of our core values. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual,” he added.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-11380677

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  1. GOOGLE CENSORSHIP

    Dec 10th, 2016
    Dear Tom Jacobs, We have determined that your posts have repeatedly or egregiously violated our User Content and Conduct Policy.

    Spamming, including sending unwanted promotional or commercial content, or engaging in unwanted or mass solicitation, is not permitted.

    Your access to Google+ will be limited for two weeks. If you continue to violate our policies, your access to Google+. Learn more

    Please review our policies to avoid violating them in the future. If you believe that this decision has been made in error, please submit an appeal. Learn more

    We understand that these policies may not be for everyone. If you choose to leave, you can make a copy of your Google+ data first. If you like, you can also disable Google+ entirely.

    Yours sincerely,

    The Google+ team

    Dec 10th, 2016
    Dec 10th, 2016 – New attack on Raqqa by US-led coalition causes a massacre – My response to Timothy W.: ‘Their plan is to create destruction and chaos in Syria’ – Google+: ‘There was a problem updating your comment. Please try again’

    Dec 9th, 2016
    SYRIA: U.S – Turkey
    Turkey is dispatching hundreds of more soldiers to neighboring Syria to reinforce its first major US-backed incursion of its conflict-ridden southern neighbor.
    (‘Up to 300 elite Turkish commandos to enter Syria’: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/report-300-elite-turkish-commandos-enter-syria/ )
    SYRIA: Problems with publishing
    As a reminder: December 9th, 2012 – The US Is Openly Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-us-is-openly-sending-heavy-weapons-from-libya-to-syrian-rebels/5494913
    (Google +: ‘There was a problem updating your comment’)

    Dec 9th, 2016

    SYRIA: Problems with posts and comments… As a reminder: December 9th, 2012 – The US Is Openly Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels http://www.globalresearch.ca/ (Google +: ‘There was a problem updating your comment’)
    Dec 9th, 2016
    SYRIA: Turkey sends 300 more troops to northern Syria
    Turkish forces crossed into Syria on August 24 under the pretext of expelling ISIS from the border region but have cleared some 1,800 square kilometers (694 square miles) from not only ISIS, but also the Kurdish-led SDF.
    (Google + : ‘There was a problem with updating your comment. Please try again’)
    Dec 8th, 2016
    SYRIA: Israel My post and comments about Israel’s involvement in the war on Syria were removed… ‘ And I couldn’t post anymore: ‘Your post was not shared. Please try again.’ – ‘There was a problem updating your comment’ 1) Dec 7th, 2016 – Israel Launches Airstrikes on Military Airport in Damascus – U.N. and western governments keep silent… http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950917000479 2) Sept 17th, 2016 – U.S., Israel Launch Airstrikes On Syrian Government Forces – Directly Supporting ISIS And Al-Qaeda http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/09/us-launches-open-war-on-syrian-government-forces.html 3) Aug 23th, 2016 – Israeli think tank: ‘Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a useful tool against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria’ http://www.salon.com/2016/08/23/israeli-think-tank-dont-destroy-isis-its-a-useful-tool-against-iran-hezbollah-syria/ 4) June 28th, 2016 – Israel And Turkey Strike Deal That Would Secure Control Of Syrian Oil http://www.mintpressnews.com/seeking-control-middle-east-oil-israel-turkey-strike-deal-reopen-diplomatic-ties/217785/ 5) April 17th, 2016 – Netanyahu: ‘Golan Heights Will Forever Remain in Israel’s Hands’… http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/international/mideast-africa/2016/04/17/netanyahu-golan-heights-syria-israel/83154580/ 6) Dec 9th, 2014 – Israel Bombs Syria For Fifth Time in 18 Months, Gives Arms, Medical Aid to Terrorist Gangs https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/report-39849/
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    Tom Jacobs – https://plus.google.com/u/0/116481887107858150850/posts

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  2. GOOGLE CENSORSHIP

    December 14th, 2016
    Google Help Forum
    https://productforums.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!topic/sites/hao0rEc2dfU;context-place=topicsearchin/sites/category$3Areport-a-problem%7Csort:relevance%7Cspell:false

    Thanks. It is stupid that Google+ does not respond my complaint (and the complaints of other people). I repeat: I was posting; my post was removed; I posted again; my post was removed again; I posted 3 or 4 times again; My post was put back; I removed all the posts because I am not a spammer; Google+ removed the original post again; I was angry and I put back my post 3 or 4 times again; the game started again until the moment that I could not longer post and Google was sending me always the message ‘Your post was not shared – Please try again’. My comments were also blocked and I had some problems with my internet-connection. Then I saw the following message on the head of my account: ‘Access limited until 24 12 2016 ’. Then Google+ was sending me this mail: ‘Dear Tom Jacobs, We have determined that your posts have repeatedly or egregiously violated our User Content and Conduct Policy. Spamming, including sending unwanted promotional or commercial content, or engaging in unwanted or mass solicitation, is not permitted. Your access to Google+ will be limited for two weeks. If you continue to violate our policies, your access to Google+. Learn more
    Please review our policies to avoid violating them in the future. If you believe that this decision has been made in error, please submit an appeal. Learn more
    We understand that these policies may not be for everyone. If you choose to leave, you can make a copy of your Google+ data first. If you like, you can also disable Google+ entirely. Yours sincerely,The Google+ team. I responded and I told them exactly what had happened. But my complaint was not taken serious. I saw also that some posts that I had removed were put back on my account. For someone who visits my account, it’s now like I was really spamming.
    Yesterday I was seeing that some pictures were removed from my account.
    (Tom Jacobs https://plus.google.com/u/0/116481887107858150850 )

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