2020: 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 0 1 1 0% 0%
Brazil 0 1 1 100% 0%
France 0 2 2 50% 50%
Germany 0 2 2 0% 0%
Ghana 0 2 1 50% 0%
India 2 3 5 0% 20%
Italy 0 1 1 100% 0%
Malaysia 0 2 2 0% 0%
Mexico 0 1 1 0% 0%
Moldova 0 2 2 0% 0%
Pakistan 0 11 38 18% 55%
Peru 0 1 1 0% 0%
Russia 0 109 80 52% 28%
South Korea 0 1 1 0% 0%
Taiwan 0 1 1 100% 0%
Turkey 23 0 25 30% 57%
United States 1 2 3 0% 33%
TOTAL 26 142 167 42% 31%
 
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:

Pakistan

  • The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority requested the removal of a site for posting content that was “harming the reputation” of a government official.

Moldova

  • The Information and Security Service of the Republic of Moldova requested the removal of a site for “publications that lead to panic, hatred, and social division”.

India

  • India’s Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology demanded the blocking of a site for glorifying terrorism and “inciting disaffection among the people towards the Indian Government”.