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20 December 2017, 01:22 | Jenny Fowler
Facebook has released its latest bi-annual Transparency Report (for the first half of 2017) suggesting a steep increase in the government's demand for user data. Next was India with 12 percent, then the United Kingdom (9 percent), Germany (7 percent), and France (6 percent).
Facebook statedthe US government made more requests that demanded confidentiality than ever before on December 18.
Not all requests are secret, but 57 percent of those from the United States were accompanied with a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting the company from notifying the user.
The ninth Facebook transparency report showed that governments' requests for information about users increased 21 percent worldwide compared to the second half of 2016, from 64,279 to 78,890.
The massive purge surge primarily stems from one video of a January school shooting in Monterrey, Mexico.
Facebook also received preservation requests, which ask that certain account records be saved, especially for matters of official criminal investigations for 90 days pending the receipt of the formal legal process. For the second half of 2016, content was restricted only around 7000 times, suggesting a fourfold increase in the takedown requests, notes The Verge. Those requests covered 41,492 users, and Facebook produced data on 83.4 per cent of them.
The report also contained redacted copies of five USA requests for data that the company was not allowed to disclose previously due to national security concerns.
In a foreword to the report, the company stated: "If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary".
In July, WIPR reported that Facebook had acquired Source3, a start-up focused on the management of IP in user-generated content. Facebook suggested these shutdowns can create barriers for businesses and prevent people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends.
Specifically, Facebook restricted content for apparently violating law 28,036 times in the first six months of 2017, compared to 6,944 from the prior half-year.
Please see the full report for more information. On Instagram, it took action against 108,094 posts following 10,231 counterfeit claims.
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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