UTICA, N.Y., July 13 (UPI) -- Two-thirds of respondents in a poll said the United States should not ask Google to censor content although many said Google should comply where appropriate.
Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults polled said they disagree with the U.S. government making requests that Google remove content, IBOPE Inteligencia reported.
However, when the Brazil-based IBOPE asked what the tech giant's policy should be when they do receive such requests, 54 percent said Google should comply if it believes there is adequate cause.
This month Google released its regular report of requests to remove content it receives from governments around the world, saying the United States had increased its requests by 103 percent in the past six months.
A majority of those polled agreed Google should comply with government censorship requests in the cases of al-Qaida sympathizers, bomb-making information, illegal drug manufacture, groups believed to promote violence, illegal prostitution, harassment and defamation of someone's character and illegal gambling.
IBOPE conducted an online survey of 2,100 U.S. adults June 22-25. The margin of error was 2.2 percentage points.