Government Wants More And More User Data From Facebook

Pakistan Govt Request to Facebook for Restricting Content Rise Sharply

Government Wants More And More User Data From Facebook

The social media platform, which has more than two billion users worldwide, issued its latest transparency report this week, highlighting requests from governments for information on its users across its various platforms, which also include WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Facebook's annual transparency report for 2017 is now out and the Indian government's request for data were up significantly. Facebook also revealed that at least 50% of the requests from each of these countries was granted, including 85% for the USA, 90% for the United Kingdom and 74% for France. In the second half of 2016, by contrast, the company only restricted content about 7,000 times - meaning takedown requests quadrupled in the category.

On 27 April 2016, Facebook said that it gave the Bangladesh government 24 per cent of information as Dhaka made a total of 49 requests on 57 accounts.

"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".

In the first half of 2017, Facebook received 224,464 copyright reports about content on Facebook, 41,854 trademark reports, and 14,279 counterfeit reports.

Facebook released its "Transparency Report" yesterday, December 18, covering January to July this year.

Facebook also says that 57% of the requests they got from U.S. law enforcement included a non-disclosure order that bans the company from telling the user that their data was requested.

Facebook had seen a big increase in the number of requests to stop people seeing content that broke local laws, said Mr Sonderby. In any case, a lot of that figure can be followed back to a deplorable shooting at a school in Mexico, which brought about Facebook confining access to 20,506 bits of substance.

Numerous requests were from police forces investigating crimes or responding to emergencies. Facebook removed 20,506 instances of this video. That number's also up, from 50 percent in the previous report.

When responding to requests, the company follows guidelines that are based on its own company policy and adapted to the relevant country's laws. 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. Around 70,000 requests were sent to Instagram, and 685,000 pieces of content were removed.

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