Twitter Says Government Data Requests Way Up

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Twitter's new transparency report is out, and the trend continues. Government requests for user data and content removal are on the rise.

"As has long been the trend, we continue to see a rise in the number of these requests. Notably, requests for account information have increased 52 percent, which is the largest increase between reporting periods we have ever seen, with removal requests and copyright notices growing by 26 percent and 11 percent respectively," says Twitter's Jeremy Kessel, Senior Manager, Global Legal Policy.

Here's what that looks like. First, government requests for user information:

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And here's a look at government content removal requests. Per usual, Turkey leads the field. There were 25 specific requests for content removal in the US over the past six months, and Twitter complied with none of them.

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Twitter added two new sections to the transparency report – one on trademark notices and another on email privacy practices.

From January to the end of June, Twitter received neatly 13,000 trademark notices for content on Twitter and Vine. The company removed approximately 7% of them.

Image via Anthony Quintano, Flickr Creative Commons

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