Google is the biggest and most popular search engine on the planet, indexing billions of websites and webpages. It has been a great tool to get the information faster and easier.
It might be surprised to know that Google has been hiding millions of websites and webpages from it's search results since a very long time (if you don't know about it already!). Google doesn't want to make it secret anymore. You can now find all the information about the "exact figures" of url's linking to copyrighted content or website being removed from Google search results. The company and organizations who has requested to remove such links has been listed by Google on their "Online transparency report".
The number of requests to take down links has soared in recent years. In fact, Google said it is now receiving more removal requests each week than it received in all of 2009. Last month, Google got 1.2 million such requests from 1,000 copyright holders to remove links from 23,000 websites.
"We believe that the time-tested 'notice-and-takedown' process for copyright strikes the right balance between the needs of copyright owners, the interests of users and our efforts to provide a useful Google Search experience," said Fred von Lohmann, Google's senior copyright counsel.
Google said it ultimately approves about 97% of the requests. But the company insists that it is working hard to weed out illegitimate claims.
For instance, Google said it recently rejected a request from a major entertainment company that asked the search leader to remove a result that linked to a newspaper's negative review of a TV show.