2020: Jan 1 – Jun 30

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
France 0 2 2 100% 0%
Germany 0 7 8 14% 0%
India 1 8 7 33% 11%
Kazakhstan 0 2 1 0% 50%
Malaysia 0 1 1 0% 0%
Netherlands 0 2 2 100% 0%
Pakistan 0 7 29 14% 71%
Poland 0 1 1 0% 0%
Romania 0 1 2 0% 0%
Russia 0 69 41 30% 45%
Sri Lanka 0 2 2 50% 0%
Sweden 0 10 10 100% 0%
Turkey 9 0 13 44% 44%
United Kingdom 1 0 1 0% 0%
United States 1 1 2 50% 0%
Vietnam 0 2 1 0% 0%
TOTAL 12 115 123 36% 33%
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:

Vietnam

  • A government cybersecurity team requested the removal of site using “untrue information in order to defame” a politician.

Netherlands

  • A police department in the Netherlands requested the removal of a site theoretically selling fake/non-existent PPE. We removed the site for violating our Terms of Service.

United States

  • A consumer regulation department requested the takedown of a site that was potentially a student loan scam. However, the domain was not registered to WordPress.com.