Governments are making more Facebook data requests than ever

Governments are making more Facebook data requests than ever

Governments are making more Facebook data requests than ever

Chris Sonderby, deputy general counsel of the social media company, said this is the first time Facebook has provided data on reports from rights holders. The United Kingdom was number three in the list with 6,845 user data requests and asking for access to 8,167 user accounts.

Facebook also published five previously undisclosed National Security Letters (NSLs) in its report -controversial orders enabling U.S. authorities, most frequently the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to demand user information from companies without a warrant.

The ninth Facebook transparency report also showed that government requests for information about users increased 21 percent worldwide compared with the second half of 2016, from 64,279 to 78,890.

The massive purge surge primarily stems from one video of a January school shooting in Monterrey, Mexico. The majority of content restricted was alleged to violate local laws relating to defamation of religion and hate speech added the company. The figure was up from 26,014 requests concerning 41,492 accounts in the second half of 2016. 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. Approximately 74 percent of all requests were granted - at least in part - during the first half of 2017, compared to 70 percent in the same period of 2016, according to The New Economy's calculations.

The report also contained redacted copies of five USA requests for data that the company was not allowed to disclose previously due to national security concerns.

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Facebook's Transparency report for 2017 also includes disruptions affecting access to Facebook products and services in India that took place and say there were 21 in total.

The number of pieces of content restricted on Facebook during the first half of the year 2017 is around 177. 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.

Facebook did not, however, revealed the details of the accounts governments requested their data.

Please see the full report for more information. On Instagram, the company removed 10,094 posts following 10,231 counterfeit claims.

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