Big Brother Watch has been alerted to the fact that the UK government have been submitting requests to Google asking for certain Youtube videos and search results to be censored. When trying to access a blocked video, an error message is shown instead:
YouTube Help gives the following explanation:
"YouTube occasionally receives requests from governments around the world to remove content from our site, and as a result, YouTube may block specific content in order to comply with local laws in certain countries."
At the moment it is unclear what types of video are being selected by the government for blocking, however Google provides a website detailing how many requests each country’s government have made for the removal of data.