2021: Jan 1 – Jun 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 5 0% 0%
France 0 4 4 75% 0%
Germany 0 1 1 0% 0%
India 0 3 2 0% 33%
Japan 1 1 3 0% 0%
Kazakhstan 0 1 1 100% 0%
New Zealand 0 1 1 100% 0%
Pakistan 0 5 16 20% 20%
Poland 0 2 11 100% 0%
Russia 0 48 40 42% 42%
Spain 0 2 2 0% 0%
Turkey 0 29 31 17% 72%
TOTAL 1 98 117 33% 43%
 
 
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:

Australia

  • The Government of South Australia requested that we remove content highlighting alleged mismanagement by departmental employees, describing it as “highly offensive and defamatory.”

Russia

  • The Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (ROSKOMNADZOR) demanded the removal of song lyrics from a site.

India

  • A police department in India requested the removal of a site that is critical of a university and it’s faculty stating the site “published objectionable / defamatory remarks against [the university] causing harm and damage to the victim / complainant organization”