2017: Jan 1 – Jun 30
|Country||Court Orders||Requests from government agencies or law enforcement||Percentage of requests where some or all content was removed||Number of sites specified|
For demands that come from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey, we geo-block 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.
Here are a few recent examples of takedown demands that we received:
- 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.”
- Law enforcement requested removal of a blog post for including “confidential and official information” without permission from the appropriate authorities.
- 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.
- We received 294 orders from the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor).
- Law enforcement requested that we remove several sites for containing allegedly defamatory material.
- The Turkish government demanded removal of posts and/or sites that criticized the Turkish army, Turkish government, and/or Turkish officials.