Pakistan Govt Request to Facebook for Restricting Content Rise Sharply

Facebook's Takedown Of Videos Through Law Enforcement Request Quadrupled In First Half Of 2017

Facebook's Takedown Of Videos Through Law Enforcement Request Quadrupled In First Half Of 2017

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

In the U.S., the requests rose by 26% from the last six months of 2016 to the first six months of 2017, while globally, requests increased by about 21%. The governments of these countries had more than 50 percent of their requests granted. In the second half of 2016, by contrast, the company only restricted content about 7,000 times - meaning takedown requests quadrupled in the category. Additionally, as a result of transparency reforms introduced in 2016 by the USA Freedom Act, the U.S. government notified us that it was lifting the non-disclosure order on five National Security Letters (NSLs) we previously received between 2012 and 2015.

Sonderby added Facebook "carefully scrutinize" each request received for account data to ensure it's legally sufficient. Facebook said 217,265 of content on its social network were removed after it acted on 81 percent of 14,279 claims in the first half of the year.

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Like most major technology companies, Facebook publishes a report detailing government data requests twice a year.

Figures provided by Facebook suggest it handed over data in 85% of requests from USA law enforcement and 90% in the UK. The United Kingdom was number three in the list with 6,845 user data requests and asking for access to 8,167 user accounts. Facebook says majority of the content was in violation of local laws of defamation and content violating religion and hate speech laws.

It would have been good to get additional information about requests for data from Facebook's other properties including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, she said. In Mexico, during that same 2016 period, Facebook agreed to restrict content only 25 times. In the first six months of 2013, when the transparency reports first began, approximately 62 percent were granted. If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary. Facebook suggested these shutdowns can create barriers for businesses and prevent people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends. On Instagram, it made a move against 108,094 posts following 10,231 fake cases. Some 70,000 solicitations for copyright came to Instagram, with 685,000 bits of substance evacuated.

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