The information below represents the number of government requests and orders we received between July 1, 2013 – December 31, 2016 to remove content from WordPress.com sites. Governments sometimes seek to remove WordPress.com posts that they deem to be prohibited by local laws, such as posts that are defamatory or discuss illegal subject matter.
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- Court Orders 308
- Requests from government agencies or law enforcement 717
- Percentage of requests where some or all content was removed 37%
- Number of sites specified 1,187
Number of Demands
- We receive frequent requests to remove content from non-governmental parties. This transparency report doesn’t include these requests, and we don’t honor them unless they are accompanied by a valid, enforceable court order, or the content at issue otherwise violates the WordPress.com Terms of Service.
- “Percentage where some content removed” does not include cases where content was removed for violating our Terms of Service.
- Our policy is to notify users of any government takedown demands we receive unless we’re prohibited by law from doing so.
- We publish copies of takedown demands we receive to the Chilling Effects database, unless we’re prohibited by law from doing so.
- We aim to promote freedom of expression around the world, and are also mindful of local laws that might impact that expression. When we receive an order to remove content, we may block it in only those jurisdictions where it violates local law, so that it remains accessible in areas where it may not be illegal. For example, if we receive a takedown demand from Russia, we may comply with it by blocking the content at issue only from site visitors with IP addresses originating in Russia. More details on each specific takedown demand are available here.