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Google Stands Firm in the Face of Police Brutality

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It stands to reason why the Occupy Wall Street movement has spread.

Folks are too angry, too disillusioned, too disgusted to have their voices relegated to a few blocks in Manhattan. As such, protests have expanded across the country and while the mainstream media will devote more time to Lindsay Lohan's Playboy spread, social media and YouTube videos refuse to blink in the face of raw footage from the nationwide demonstrations.

Network television may whitewash the matter, but Facebook, Twitter, and scores of streaming video sites are circulating visual and textual accounts of law enforcement leaping past the lines of protocol and using excessive force against nonviolent assembly. One need only Google "Occupy Oakland" to see the egregious abuse of power exhibited by officers captured by countless smartphone cameras.

And that's ruffled more than a few feathers at the government level.

The Guardian reports that Google has received a 70% increase in takedown requests from the US government and police. While the company has complied with 63% of those demands, it draws the line when it comes to evidence of police brutality.

In a transparency report, Google writes, "We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests."

The company adds, "We hope this tool will shine some light on the appropriate scope and authority of government requests to obtain user data around the globe."

The millions who demand to be heard and respected depend on this transparency and open circulation. And thankfully, it's kept intact.

(See also: Google Engineer Calls Google+ a Complete Failure and How to Use Siri on Apple's iPhone 4S)

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