Facebook says number of government data requests up considerably

Facebook says number of government data requests up considerably

Facebook says number of government data requests up considerably

Facebook said Monday the US government is making more secret requests for data about more users than ever before. The social networking giant said that government requests for users' data increased by 21% worldwide in the first half of 2017, compared to the first half of 2016.

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.

United States government requests for Facebook user data were more than double the 16,823 Google received in the period. In the second half of 2016, by contrast, the company only restricted content about 7,000 times - meaning takedown requests quadrupled in the category.

Over 57% of the account data requests came with a non-disclosure order.

When it comes to the kind of requests shared by the government, Facebook says that over 9,690 requests were regarding legal process with the government and these asked for access to 13,490 user accounts.

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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.

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

Not all requests are secret, but 57 percent of those from the U.S. were accompanied with a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting the company from notifying the user.

The U.S., India, UK, Germany, and France were the most dynamic in making information demands, representing 41 percent, 12 percent, nine percent, seven percent and six percent of the numbers, individually. That number's also up, from 50 percent in the previous report.

Pakistan's Government request for restricting content sharply increased as compared to past year. If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary. Facebook said 217,265 of substance in its informal community were expelled after it followed up on 81 percent of 14,279 claims in the principal half of the year. Around 70,000 requests were sent to Instagram, and 685,000 pieces of content were removed. Facebook suggested these shutdowns can create barriers for businesses and prevent people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends.

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