1. Transparency Report

Government Removal Requests

We also recognize our role as a global company in promoting freedom of expression wherever we do business.

Like other technology and communications companies, Yahoo receives requests from governments around the world to either remove content from our services or to review such content to determine if it should be removed for inconsistency with a product's community guidelines or our Terms of Service.

Governments may ask companies like Yahoo to remove or review content for many different reasons. For example, some content removals are requested due to allegations of defamation, impersonation, or harassment, while others are due to allegations that the content violates local laws prohibiting hate speech or adult content.  Whatever the allegation, we carefully review each request and respond in accordance with our Global Principles for Responding to Government Requests.

For each country listed below we report the number of Government Removal Requests received during the specified reporting period, the number of items specified in the requests, and the percentage of requests in response to which some content was removed. While we endeavor to make this data as complete as possible, we only include in our numbers requests that we identify as being from a government agency. If a government agency used a Report Abuse link, for example, we wouldn’t be able to identify the party making the request to remove content and would not include that request in our statistics.  We continue to work to track these requests.

Requests By Country

Country Requests Items Specified Compliance Rate
Brazil 1 1 0%
Hong Kong 2 2 100%
India 2 2 0%
Italy 2 4 50%
United States 4 12 50%

Government Removal Requests: Illustrative Examples

Hong Kong - We received a request from a Hong Kong law enforcement agency to remove a question from Yahoo Answers on the basis that the question solicited the exploitation of minors. We removed the question after determining it violated Yahoo’s Terms of Service.

India - We received a request from an Indian law enforcement agency to delete a Flickr profile on the basis that the Flickr profile was created to impersonate. We rejected the request because it did not provide sufficient information for us to evaluate the claim.

Italy - We received a request from an Italian law enforcement agency to remove a question from Yahoo Answers on the basis that the question contained defamatory material that violated Italian law. We removed the Yahoo Answers question after determining it violated Yahoo’s Terms of Service.  

United States - We received a request from the U.S. Government to delete nine Flickr profiles on the basis that the Flickr profiles were created to impersonate a U.S. Government official. We deactivated the nine Flickr profiles after determining the profiles violated Flickr’s Community Guidelines.



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