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20 December 2017, 01:21 | Gina Pena
Government requests for Facebook user data continue to increase worldwide
The number of requests was up 25.7 per cent from the 26,014 made during the last six months of 2016, Facebooksaid. U.S. requests have climbed steeply since Facebook's first report covering January to June 2013, when it received just 12,000 requests involving 21,000 accounts.
The massive purge surge primarily stems from one video of a January school shooting in Monterrey, Mexico.
Facebook lawyer Chris Sonderby explains: "We'll also keep working with partners in industry and civil society to encourage governments around the world to reform surveillance in a way that protects their citizens' safety and security while respecting their rights and freedoms".
Facebook's report includes requests for user data from Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram accounts. For the second half of 2016, content was restricted only around 7000 times, suggesting a fourfold increase in the takedown requests, notes The Verge.
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"Fifty-seven percent of the information demands we got from law implementation in the USA contained a non-divulgence arrange that disallowed us from advising the client, up from 50 percent in our last report", Facebook Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby wrote in a blog entry.
Sonderby added Facebook "carefully scrutinize" each request received for account data to ensure it's legally sufficient. 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. These orders enable United States authorities such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation to secretly acquire information from companies about their customers without requiring a warrant. Copies of five NSLs are also available in the transparency report. On Instagram, it made a move against 108,094 posts following 10,231 fake cases.
The company removed user uploads in response to 81 percent of filings for counterfeiting, 68 percent for copyrights and 47 percent for trademarks, according to its report.
Facebook removed 1,818,794 posts due to copyright infringement from the site in that period, and 685,996 posts from Instagram because of copyright infringement.
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