assist the government in its suppression of citizens (Dean, J 2010). How should Google respond to Government Censorship abroad? Google operates in 219 countries and territories and comply with the local laws and rules to competitive and present around the world. The increasing government restrictions in many countries which require Google to remove certain content from its search results and other sites. Although there were sharp spikes in some countries. In Britain, the government asked Google to remove 220 videos from YouTube. The British government wanted most of the videos taken down for “national security” reasons (Wire Report, Associated Press, 2011).
So in Turkey, Google takes down links to sites that defame the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk -- that's illegal there. In Thailand, denigrating the Thai monarch is against the law, so Google blocks YouTube videos in Thailand that ridicule King Bhumibol Adulyadej. And in Germany, France and Poland, where it is illegal to publish pro-Nazi material or content that denies the Holocaust, Google does not display links to certain sites on its search results pages (CNNMoney, New York, 2015). In Russia, claimed a blog post contained the text "got chocolate" violates a federal law last year. Google complied because in Russian, "chocolate" can also reference a recreational drug, and the country has a law that requires the removal of drug-related content. But when the Georgia Department of Corrections requested a YouTube video depicting alleged abuse of inmates to be taken down, Google denied that request because the video did not violate any state or federal laws (Kathryn Vasel, 2014). In Australia, Google Australia removed links to satirical website Encyclopedia Dramatica's "Aboriginal" article citing it as a violation of Australia's Racial Discrimination Act. After the website's domain change in 2011, the article resurfaced in Google Australia's search results (Riley Duncan, 2010). In 2010, Google became so exasperated by China's censorship demands that it pulled its business out of the country altogether. At the time, Google said it would abide by censorship demands from democratically elected governments, but Chinese people did not have the ability to choose the leaders making the censorship demands.
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