Govt requests for Facebook user data up a third in H1

Facebook law enforcement takedowns quadrupled in six months because of a school shooting video

She said: "We would welcome more detail in the report to provide further insight into the government requests and Facebook's response".

Facebook, which released the Government Requests Report for the first half of 2017, on Tuesday registered 21% spike from India compared with the same period previous year.

U.S. government requests for Facebook user data were more than double the 16,823 Google received in the period. For the second half of 2016, content was restricted only around 7000 times, suggesting a fourfold increase in the takedown requests, notes The Verge.

"We continue to carefully scrutinise each request we receive for account data - whether from an authority in the US, Europe, or elsewhere - to make sure it is legally sufficient". The semi-annual transparency report stated that 57 percent of the total 32,716 requests made by the government in the first half of 2017 demanded confidentiality.

The Menlo Park tech firm released the data as part of a transparency report it publishes twice every year.


Figures provided by Facebook suggest it handed over data in 85% of requests from U.S. law enforcement and 90% in the UK.

The US, India, UK, Germany and France submitted the most requests, accounting for 41 percent, 12 percent, nine percent, seven percent and six percent respectively. This increase was primarily driven by a request from Mexican law enforcement to remove instances of a video depicting a school shooting in Monterrey in January. So, we scrutinize each request for legal sufficiency, no matter which country is making the request, and challenge those that are deficient or overly broad. It also includes data covering the volume and nature of copyright, trademark, and counterfeit reports we've received and the amount of content affected by those reports. This number is up a whopping 50% from past year, with Facebook adding that there has been a massive 304% increase in the number of content restrictions around violating local law.

It, however, did not say exact;y what kind of information Dhaka had requested for.

Facebook removed 1,818,794 posts due to copyright infringement from the site in that period, and 685,996 posts from Instagram because of copyright infringement.

Facebook restricted access to more than 20,000 copies of the video between January and June.

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