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
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 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.

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.