I am so very pleased and proud to work for a company that is on the forefront of both publishing and the rights of artists and authors on the Internet. Having had a chance to work with the legal team at WordPress.com has been a highly educational, and inspirational, experience.
Automattic’s mission is to democratize publishing, and a fully informed citizenry is the foundation of any functioning democracy. Keeping our users and the public fully informed about our policies on responding to government requests has always been important to us — and now, more than ever, candor in this area is vitally important.
In keeping with these principles, we’re pleased to release our first transparency report. This initial report summarizes the number of government information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests that we received during the second half of 2013. In addition to giving our users full transparency about the volume of these requests, we also hope that publicly reporting our data will help hold all parties (including us) accountable.
A few highlights of our report:
Information Requests. For the second half of 2013, approximately 0.0001% of the 48 million sites that we host were subject to a…
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