Google Is Removing Nearly A Billion Piracy Results Annually

Google receives over a billion search result takedown requests each year, with the vast majority being approved. Data from the company’s Transparency Report shows there have been 1,007,741,143 removal requests for copyright infringement in the past 12 months. Around 90.1% (908 million) resulted in links being removed.

In the cases where Google doesn’t comply with a request, it is because the link doesn’t actually have infringing material, is entirely invalid, or is a duplicate.

The search company’s takedown policy has led to it removing over 2 billion URLs from 945,000 domains.