Third in the Twitter Censorship olympics in 2015 but Germany won gold this year

A report in 2015 revealed that Germany had been ranked as the third highest for censorship on Twitter after lodging 43 requests for content to be removed between July and December in 2014. Turkey earned first place with 477 requests and Russia came in second with 91.

In the fictional Censorship Olympics statistically German has achieved third place, beaten only by Turkey and Russia

Demand from countries for censorship of their citizens is growing screenshot-Whaleoil

Removal requests Jul 1 – Dec 31, 2016

  1. Turkey 2232
  2. France 1334
  3. Russia 519
  4. Germany 236

This year Turkey appeared to maintain its Gold medal status increasing its lead from 477 to 2232 removal requests. The surprise silver medal winner sprinting past both Russia and Germany was France with 1334 removal requests. Third place this year went to Russia with 519 removal requests and Germany followed in apparent fourth place with 236 removal requests.

So how does New Zealand and Australia compare to other Western countries?

Removal requests Jul 1 – Dec 31, 2016

  • United States                 100
  • United Kingdom             65
  • Canada                              11
  • Australia                            4
  • New Zealand                     4

The number of requests only tell half the story as Twitter complies with only some of the requests.

This year Twitter complied with ZERO of the requests for removal from…

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • United States

It complied with some of the requests from the top four countries and that is where the real story lies as 41% of German requests for censorship were complied with, (the highest compliance rate out of every country in the report) which makes them the real Twitter Censorship Olympics Gold medal winners.

Percentage of removal requests where some content was withheld;

  • Turkey 19%
  • France 23%
  • Russia 28%
  • Germany 41%


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