Government Requests for Facebook user data continue to increase worldwide

Posted December 20, 2017

The US actually leads the way when it comes to number of data requests, accounting for 41 percent of the total number. The Transparency Report was previously called the Government Requests Report. For the second half of 2016, content was restricted only around 7000 times, suggesting a fourfold increase in the takedown requests, notes The Verge.

The largest source of user data requests came from the United States, where the government served Facebook 32,716 requests for data from 52,280 accounts.

In keeping with other major social networks, Facebook is fielding more requests for private user data than ever - among them secret orders enabling U.S. authorities to demand information without a warrant. In any case, the genuine number of substance that was made a move against was bringing down on Instagram than Facebook, yet it is a look at the ascent of Instagram as a medium of impact and significance regardless of whether Facebook remains the bigger interpersonal organization as far as substance. However, in other cases, the requests are made to restrict some data which the government deems inappropriate.

When responding to requests, the company follows guidelines that are based on its own company policy and adapted to the relevant country's laws.

Facebook also received preservation requests, which ask that certain account records be saved, especially for matters of official criminal investigations for 90 days pending the receipt of the formal legal process.

When it came to content restrictions, these requests were made to Facebook from law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) within the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The majority of content restricted was alleged to violate local laws relating to defamation of religion and hate speech added the company.

Facebook also took action against more than 300,000 counterfeit content marketed and sold across its platforms, and took down almost 150,000 pieces of trademark infringing content. This year has seen disruptions to WhatsApp, which is one of the biggest and most popular apps in the Indian market.

"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", Facebook said.

The report also points out the internet disruption of Pakistan which occurred only once in the first half of 2017, which affected Facebook products and services in Pakistan.