What is this?
From time to time, GitHub receives requests from governments to remove content that has been declared unlawful in their local jurisdiction. Although we may not always agree with those laws, we may need to block content if we receive a complete request from a government official so that our users in that jurisdiction may continue to have access to GitHub to collaborate and build software.
What is a complete government takedown request?
To count as a complete request, a request or notice must
- come from a relevant, official government agency
- identify illegal content
- specify the source of illegality in that jurisdiction (law or court order).
What happens when we receive a complete takedown request from a government?
When we receive a notice from a relevant, official government agency that identifies illegal content and specifies the source of the illegality, we
- notify the affected users of the specific content that allegedly violates the law, and that this is a legal takedown request
- allow the affected users to appeal the decision as part of that notification
- limit the geographic scope of the takedown when possible and include that as part of the notification
- post the official request that led to the takedown in this repository.
Why do we publicly post takedown notices?
We are concerned about Internet censorship, and believe that transparency on a specific and ongoing level is essential to good governance. By posting the notices here, we can better inform the public about what content is being withheld from GitHub, and why. We post takedown notices here to document their potential to chill speech.
What does it mean if there's a notice posted here?
It means that we received the notice on the indicated date. It does not mean that the content was unlawful or wrong. It does not mean that the user identified in the notice has done anything wrong. We don't make or imply any judgment about the merit of the claims they make. We post these notices and requests only for informational purposes.
In addition to posting government takedown notices in this repository, we report on them in our transparency report. We also track and report in our transparency report on government takedowns based on violations of GitHub's Terms of Service. We process those violations as we would process a Terms of Service violation reported by anyone else.
The purpose of this repository is to publicly post notices that result in GitHub blocking content that a government notifies us is illegal. GitHub created this repository for transparency with our community when we block content in response to a complete government takedown notice. We publicly post those notices, unchanged (other than redactions of personal information), because we are concerned about Internet censorship, and believe that transparency on a specific and ongoing level is essential to good governance.
Discussion in this repo should relate to this purpose.
We do not accept Pull Requests in this repository because the notices we post are verbatim from the notifying government.
Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.