2019: 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
Australia 1 1 1 0% 0%
Bermuda 0 1 1 0% 0%
France 0 2 2 100% 0%
Germany 1 4 3 50% 0%
India 0 10 24 10% 0%
Italy 0 4 22 100% 0%
Malaysia 0 12 2 0% 0%
Pakistan 0 8 105 13% 63%
 Republic of Ireland 0 1 2 0% 0%
Russia 0 162 74 17% 48%
Spain 0 2 2 0% 0%
Sweden 0 3 3 100% 0%
Turkey 27 27 38 44% 52%
United Kingdom 0 2 3 50% 0%
United States 0 2 2 50% 0%
TOTAL 29 202 285 23% 42%
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 those kinds of takedown demands here.

Recent Examples

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

Malaysia

  • A government office in Malaysia demanded we takedown a site for defaming an ATM machine service provider after a negative review was published.

Sweden

  • A police station in Sweden helped us to discover an illegal narcotics-sale site, which was immediately suspended.

Pakistan

  • The Web Analysis Team of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) requested, in one notice, the removal of more than 65 sites that were deemed “blasphemous.”