Governments are asking Facebook for a lot more user account data

Nichole Vega
December 20, 2017

The number of requests to Facebook for information on users from the Irish Government rose in the first six months of 2017, new figures show.

India become the second nation with 12% of data request and the U.S with 41% became first in the list.

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

The number of data requests made by the U.S. Government on Facebook users surged 26 percent int eh first half of 2017 versus the last six months of 2016. In comparison, the company restricted the content for violating local law 28,000 times.

Sonderby added Facebook "carefully scrutinize" each request received for account data to ensure it's legally sufficient.

Other statistics from the Transparency Report include 21 percent increase in official requests for data, such as that of the users.

The transparency report also had copies of five requests from the government for information that the company was not permitted to reveal previously due to concerns regarding national security. In the second half of previous year, that figure stood at 64,276. We restricted access in Mexico to 20,506 instances of the video in the first half of 2017. There were also over 110,000 pieces of Facebook content removed for trademark infringement, over 37,000 posts removed from Instagram for the same reason, and 14,279 counterfeit reports. This number is up a whopping 50% from a year ago, with Facebook adding that there has been a massive 304% increase in the number of content restrictions around violating local law. If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary.

From January to June 2017, Pakistani government made 1,039 requests for different purposes for which 1,512 user accounts were requested for access. 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. This year has seen disruptions to WhatsApp, which is one of the biggest and most popular apps in the Indian market.

The social media company also took down 217,265 posts from Facebook driven by counterfeit claims, and 108,094 from Instagram.

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