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Requests by Governments for Facebook Data Increasing

By Gov CIO Outlook | Friday, November 30, 2018

FREMONT, CA: Government requests for Facebook data may have reportedly gone down in countries such as the U.S. and Germany but these numbers have gone up for countries like India, Turkey, and Russia, in the second half of 2014. Facebook publicly announces its latest global government requests report which details the information about the government requests it received for removing the content and account data.

Facebook received a total of 35,051 data requests from governments between July and December 2014, an increase from the first half of 2014 which witnessed a total of 34,946 requests from governments.

With regard to the governments who requested for information about users on the world’s largest social network with over a billion users, U.S. topped the list with 14,274 requests – a climb down from 15,433 requests made in the first half of 2014 – and 79 percent of those requests were responded to by the company. India stands at the second position as little less than 45 percent of its requests were obliged and a total of 5,832 cases are reported to have been restricted for access. Turkey’s requests for content restriction were acknowledged for 3,624 cases, Facebook says.

In the press release, Facebook admits their policies ‘won’t perfectly address every piece of content,’ but it makes serious effort to fix the issue with each one of them. The company has something called Community Standards where it outlines what is ‘ok’ on its site and what is not. While blasphemy is not a violation of the Community Standards, the company still goes one step ahead and blocks the content citing it as a case of local law violation when approached by the governments.

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