First came the news that the United States leads the world with takedown demands to Google for online content. Now we have some numbers to put behind that story.
From July to December last year, U.S. police, prosecutors, courts and other government agencies submitted 187 requests to remove content. This was more than double the 92 requests from January to June, 2011.
In all, the United States sought to censor nearly 6,200 items.
For those interested in using legal tactics to remove material, take note that the 187 U.S. requests included 117 court orders to remove defamatory material.