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Google Is Not Censoring Occupy Oakland Videos; Media Spreads Rumors

Submitted by on October 31, 2011 – 10:22 amNo Comment

Reports that Google was censoring YouTube videos of violence at the Occupy Oakland protests, or that the search engine had even received government requests to do so, are false, at least for now.

The confusion seemed to arise from a report that Google (which owns YouTube) released the day before violence erupted between police and demonstrators in California. It detailed government requests to remove content, received from January to June 2011, months before the Occupy protests physically began. Google releases such reports every six months.

Causing further confusion, the details of the Google report for the United States contained the statement that law enforcement had asked for videos of police brutality to be removed:

We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests.

Somehow, news outlets conflated this and the Occupy Oakland headlines.

According to Mashable, Google has not responded to requests for further comment.

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