2019: Jan 1 – Jun 30

Country Court Orders Requests from government agencies or law enforcement Number of sites specified Percentage of requests where content was removed due to a violation of our policies Percentage of requests where content was removed solely in response to the demand
France 0 10 9 50% 30%
Germany 1 2 2 0% 50%
India 0 20 19 0% 0%
Kazakhstan 0 2 5 0% 100%
Mexico 0 1 1 0% 0%
Pakistan 0 7 254 0% 100%
Romania 0 1 1 100% 0%
Russia 0 202 81* 27% 48%
 Spain 0 1 1 0% 0%
Turkey 0 45 72 31% 60%
United
Kingdom
0 1 1 0% 0%
United States 0 3 3 0% 0%
TOTAL 1 293 448 25% 46%
*While 81 sites were affected, there was a total of 203 URLs included in their requests.

For demands that come from Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey, we geoblock the specific content or site(s) at issue, so that WordPress.com remains otherwise accessible in the country. You can read a bit more about our approach to those kinds of takedown demands here.

Recent Examples

Here are a few recent examples of takedown demands that we received:

The United Kingdom

  • A police department filed an emergency takedown request for posting “false accusations” about a group of individuals.

India

  • The Cyber Police Station sent a takedown request addressed to the CTO of a separate company.

Pakistan

  • The Web Analysis Team of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) requested, in one notice, the removal of more than 100 sites that were deemed “blasphemous.”