In two years of management, the Government of Lenín Moreno, through different state institutions, has asked Google to remove 236 contents from its digital platforms, almost triple the elements (83) that were requested to erase during the last period of the former president Rafael Correa in power.
This is recorded by the technology company in its transparency report in which, since 2009, it publishes all the requests made by Executives and their government or justice entities, with the aim of removing videos, photos, locations, audios or articles that appear in the search engine.
In the case of Ecuador, orders are registered since the last semester of 2013 , at the beginning of the last four years of the Rafael Correa regime, a period in which, according to a report by the Inter-American Press Society published in 2017, “ the persecution of the media increased “significantly.
During those years, from the Executive and its entities in which 49 applications requesting remove 83 content in your YouTube videos most supposedly violated the copyrights were sent.
As an example, the technology giant details in its report that from July to December 2014 the Ecuadorian Ministry of Communication requested that a video be canceled in which “a speech by President Rafael Correa, broadcast by state television, was contrasted, with images of policemen who beat protesters. ”
A year and a half later, in the period from January to June 2016, they received another request from the Secom to delete another video in which President Rafael Correa was criticized, “for infringing the copyright of the phonogram of said ministry”. None of the videos was removed.
Of the total applications received from Google 2013 by Ecuador, only 15% of them were accepted and the company removed the content in question.
If the look on neighboring countries sets, Ecuador even out regarding the number of requests sent, for the same periods Google only received 56 requests from Colombia and 63 of Peru.