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Government requests for Twitter user data increases this year

Twitter has released its transparency report this week and in that report, Twitter has revealed information that it has been asked to reveal the information about its user by the governments of various countries. It is one of the most common issue that has been faced by all the internet services in this world, but the count has been increased while comparing to the previous year.twitter

Most of the requests from various governments requesting for remove contents of specific users or about copyright issues and so on. While comparing with previous years, 8 new countries have also sent their request for the first time. In the last year, July to December reports says that Twitter has been requested approximately 1400 requests from 46 countries. But in the fifth transparent report, Twitter has mentioned that 54 countries sent 2,058 requests this year.


Jeremy Kessel, Senior Manager, Global Legal Policy at Twitter has mentioned in the official blog:

“With each successive edition, we aim to provide more meaningful and constructive insight into the global government and copyright requests we receive, and their respective impact, with the goal of making this report more compelling and informative for you.”

Moreover, these requests mainly belong to the criminal investigations that are ongoing in several countries, and in the meantime, the search warrant has to be produced by the government to Twitter in Around 432 requests had been made for removal of specific contents and 9,199 copyright issues from various parts of the world.

[ Transparency Report ]

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