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Posted by WP Tavern on September 9, 2022 at 2:51 pm
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Automattic published its bi-annual transparency report this week, which highlights the different information and takedown demands received across the company’s services. Historically, Automattic has used these reports as an opportunity to publicly reaffirm its commitment to actively pushing back against requests that violate users’ freedom of speech and bring attention to abusive takedown demands. In 2014, the company open sourced its DMCA takedown process documents to help others implement their own processes. Past transparency reports have included information on intellectual property disputes, IRUs (reports from dedicated government Internet Referral Units), national security letters, government information requests, and other issues related to hosted content. In 2021, Automattic published a unified landing page for WordPress.com and Tumblr’s transparency reports, which are now hosted on the same site, aimed at making it easier to navigate and compare the data. In the future this may include the company’s other products like Day One and Pocket Casts, as relevant requests come in. The most recent report for the first half of 2022, includes information on the Russian censorship requests WordPress.com received. “Over the past six months, in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have seen a marked increase in the number of…

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