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Google to enable a country-specific URL scheme for its Blogger platform

February 03, 2012, 11:48 UTC+3
"Google" announces that it will begin censoring blogs created on one of the largest blog services "Blogger"
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LONDON, February 3. / ITAR-TASS /. "Google" announces that it will begin censoring blogs created on one of the largest  blog services "Blogger", following the receipt of the legal removal request of some countries. As reported by the British Broadcasting Company, the changes for now will come into force only in Australia, India and New Zealand, however, according to experts, the Internet giant plans to eventually roll the policy out globally.
Allowance of per-country takedown requests will allow Google to meet local laws without blocking access to the information worldwide. Blog takedowns and block of access to certain blogs for users from certain countries will be introduced only after an official regal request form is received from the authorities of a particular state. However, users in other countries, which did not send formal requests would be able to access the content.
In late January, management of one of the world's most popular micro-blogging services "Twitter" declared its readiness to comply with the requirements of the countries' authorities where due to historical, cultural or other reasons, there exist reasonable grounds for restricting promotion of certain ideas. In connection with this "Twitter" made the decision to hide certain content to users of individual countries at the request of local authorities. Such a decision caused an uproar among supporters of free speech and Internet experts that were quick to accuse the service of censorship.

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