Facebook says number of government data requests up considerably

Facebook says number of government data requests up considerably

Facebook says number of government data requests up considerably

The latest report has revealed the number of data requests is on the up, with substantial increases from authorities in the US, UK, France and Germany. Each of those nation's administration had more than 50 percent of solicitations in truth, with the US (85 percent), United Kingdom (90 percent) and France (74 percent) striking for higher rates.

Worldwide, government requests for account data increased 21 percent from 64,279 in the last six months of 2016 to 78,890 this year. USA requests have climbed steeply since Facebook's first report covering January to June 2013, when it received just 12,000 requests involving 21,000 accounts. Around 54% of these requests had some data produced. "If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary", Facebook's Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby said in a blog post.

According to Facebook, the majority of content restricted was alleged to violate local laws relating to defamation of religion and hate speech. The company stated that they are concerned about the internet disruptions, which can be a hurdle to the businesses and restrict people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends.

The government had in the said period, made a total of 44 requests for information on 44 Facebook account holders.

Restrictions related to NSL orders were relaxed by the US Congress in June 2015, with the passing of the USA Freedom Act, which requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation to review NSLs individually. So far it's been cleared to disclose five NSLs it received between 2012 and 2015.

Nonetheless, Facebook published a redacted NSL in December 2016, after the United States government lifted a non-disclosure order.

It, however, did not say exact;y what kind of information Dhaka had requested for. The dates and senders of the request are included, however.

This is not a new trend, and it's not unique to Facebook.

'Facebook restricted access to content in India in response to legal requests from law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency Response Team within the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Some 70,000 solicitations for copyright came to Instagram, with 685,000 bits of substance evacuated.

Moreover, over 110,000 Facebook posts were removed for trademark infringement, with over 37,000 removed from Instagram. Keep in mind that when it comes to the sheer market size, India is the number two market for Facebook, with over 201 million users in the country. On Instagram, the company removed 10,094 posts following 10,231 counterfeit claims.

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