2017: Jan 1 – Jun 30

Country Court Orders Requests from government agencies or law enforcement Percentage of requests where content was removed Number of sites specified
Australia 2 2 0% 4
Austria 0 1 0% 1
Azerbaijan 0 1 100% 1
Belgium 0 3 0% 3
Brazil 1 3 0% 4
Colombia 0 1 0% 9
France 0 19 37% 41
Germany 0 4 0% 4
India 0 19 0% 23
Italy 0 1 0% 1
Kazakhstan 0 1 100% 4
New Zealand 0 1 0% 1
Pakistan 0 2 0%  7
Paraguay 0 1 0% 1
Philippines 0 1 0% 1
Sri Lanka 0 1 0% 1
Russia 0 294 94% 294
Taiwan 0 4 0% 5
Turkey 107 0 84% 133
United Kingdom 0 59 0% 103
TOTAL 110 418 71% 641

For demands that come from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, 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 Russian takedown demands here.

Recent Examples

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

Azerbaijan

  • The director of the Cyber Security Center under the Ministry of Communication and High Technologies of the
    Republic of Azerbaijan wanted a site blocked for “having abusive and inappropriate content contrary to the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.”

Germany

  • Law enforcement requested removal of a blog post for including “confidential and official information” without permission from the appropriate authorities.

India

  • Law enforcement requested deletion of a site for posting allegedly false allegations about someone, “with ulterior intention of spoil of his reputation in society.”
  • Law enforcement requested removal of content because it included “derogatory comments” about someone.
  • The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India requested removal of a site for posting objectionable comments about a judge.

Russia

  • We received 294 orders from the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor).

Taiwan

  • Law enforcement requested that we remove several sites for containing allegedly defamatory material.

Turkey

  • The Turkish government demanded removal of posts and/or sites that criticized the Turkish army, Turkish government, and/or Turkish officials.