A Google censorship report ruins British government’s free speech pose.
British officials’ slogan of freedom of expression seems to be not more than a mirage, as a Google censorship report shows a high number of attempts by the government to block online content, while stopping short of condemning the blasphemous anti-Islam movie.
According to a Google Transparency Report that offers an overview of which officials have asked Google to delete content, the UK government asked Google to remove 729 YouTube videos from July to December 2011, with the most requests concerning the violation of its national security.
The interactive Report, which allows users to track whether traffic disruption is due to mechanical outages or is a result of government intervention, also revealed that British authorities asked the online provider to remove web 49 searches, with the most requests regarding defamation.
However, along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who sufficed to describe the sacrilegious movie as “contemptible”, Former Prime Minister Tony Blair dismissed the insulting piece of work as “laughable” and instead slammed the Muslims reacting to desecration of their sanctities and urged governments around the world to stand up to protesters.
"The film, it may be wrong and offensive, but it’s also laughable as a piece of film-making. And what I’m afraid is very dangerous and actually is very wrong is the reaction to it”, said Blair.