Google will begin removing some of its “offensive” content from its Australian website, as it looks to avoid legal challenges over the content.
The move comes as Google and its Australian parent company, Alphabet, are embroiled in a number of legal battles over censorship and the removal of content that has been deemed “incitement to hate”.
According to a report in The Australian Financial Review, Google will take down content that “incites hatred against Australians”.
The news outlet reported that Google had informed content owners it would remove their content, but that the company will not remove content that is “justly criticised”.
“We want to protect our users’ right to free expression,” a Google spokesperson told the publication.
“We will remove content when we determine that it is not appropriate to do so under our policies.”
“We also take these steps because of the nature of the content and the impact it has on our users,” the spokesperson added.
Google’s Australia subsidiary operates a Google Play store and other websites, including the news website The Conversation, which has been among the sites that have been hit by Google’s anti-Australian censorship policy.
The issue of censorship has been raised in Australia, with some of the country’s leading tech and entertainment companies joining together in the “Google for Australia” campaign to oppose the policy.
Google has also faced accusations that it has not taken enough action in Australia to address the content being censored in other countries.
The company has faced scrutiny over censorship of videos and other content in countries including Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey and Vietnam.
Google and Alphabet have also faced criticism for their business practices in Australia.
Google recently launched a “Google For Australia” initiative that aims to support Australia’s tech industry.