2018: Jul 1 – Dec 31

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
China 0 1 1 100% 0%
Colombia 0 1 2 0% 0%
France 0 17 19 65% 12%
Germany 0 4 4 0% 0%
India 0 4 4 0% 0%
Israel 0 1 1 0% 0%
Italy 0 3 3 0% 0%
Pakistan 0 18 172* 6% 72%
Russia 0 355 95 23% 70%
Sweden 0 1 1 0% 0%
Turkey 60 0 124 38% 45%
United States 0 2 2 50% 0%
Wales 0 1 1 0% 0%
TOTAL 60 408 429 25% 75%
*While 172 sites were affected, there was a total of 379 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 Russian takedown demands here.

Recent Examples

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

Germany

  • The police department of Goettingen requested the removal of a site which they believed to be defamatory and created for the purpose of harassment.

Pakistan

  • The Web Analysis Team of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) requested the removal of sites that were “blasphemous.”

Russia

  • Office for the Protection of Rights of Personal Data Subjects with the Central Office of Roskomnadzor requested removal of information they believe to be private.

Sweden

  • The Swedish police reported a site that was allegedly selling “substances that are unlicensed and a danger to health within Sweden.”