In its Transparency Report, which is released twice a year, the web giant said that it had received 135 requests from government and police to remove videos for ‘national security’ reasons in the 6 months to the end of June.
This evaluates to just one similar request by US authorities in the same period and zero requests from British authorities during the earlier 6 months.
Google was greatly criticised last year for hosting Islamic extremist material on YouTube, following the attempted murder of the Labour MP Stephen Timms.
Google declined to comment on the evident crackdown last night. A Home Office spokesman said the government on a national security matter.