UK terror crackdown targeted 135 YouTube videos

Google removed more than a hundred 'terrorist' videos from YouTube in the last six months at the request of British authorities - compared to just one at the behest of the American government.

In its latest six-monthly Transparency Report, the search giant reveals it received 135 requests from UK government and police to remove videos for reasons of 'national security' during the six months to the end of June.

The statistics suggest British authorities have been engaged in a crackdown on terror, with no similar requests being made during the preceding six months.

According to the Telegraph, Google last night declined to comment on the apparent crackdown. A spokesman for the UK's Home Office told reporters that such requests were a national security matter.

The campaign by British authorities follows the attempted murder of Labour MP Stephen Timms by a young Muslim woman said to have been radicalised by videos she had seen online.

Excluding a one-off request from the Office of Fair Trading to remove tens of thousands of fraudulent adverts last year, reports the Telegraph, British authorities' attempts to censor online material have more than doubled from 156 to 333 this year - including more than 200 items on YouTube.

Overall, Google said that it had fully or partially complied with 82 per cent of requests.

The Transparency Report also reveals an increase in attempts by authorities to access user data, with 1,273 requests received in the six months to the end of June, compared to 1,162 in the previous half-year.