According to the latest Google report, Hong Kong made five requests to remove a total of 24 items in the second half of last year, including a YouTube video that showed police assaulting a person under arrest.
Google refused to remove the video, despite claims from the commercial crime bureau that it “(spreads) a false message that Hong Kong police assaulted a person under arrest in a police vehicle”, the report says.
The title or other details of the video were not included in the report. Police have been contacted for comment and to confirm whether the video is real or not.
Three of the five requests were made by the government, but Google did not remove any of the items.
The two other requests,which came with a court order, were more successful, with Google taking down about half of the 21 requested items.
The report shows Google received a total of 3,523 requests from governments around the world - compared to 1,062 in the same period in 2009 - to remove 26,130 items from July to December last year.
Google says the top three products governments asked to be removed were for YouTube videos (1,036 removal requests) followed by items on the online publishing platform Blogger (877 requests) and web search results (871 requests).
Google removed 6,061 out of 12,343 YouTube items as requested by governments in the period - 1,282 due to legal reasons and 4,779 found to have violated YouTube’s guidelines.
From July to December last year, 33 per cent of government removal requests cited defamation as a reason for removal, 16 per cent cited drug abuse, and 14 per cent cited privacy and security, according to the report.