Facebook publishes its government requests

Apr

27

2017

for the second half of 2016
On Thursday, Facebook published its latest report on global government requests for the second half of 2016, which details the number of government applications received by the company for user data as well as the number of content related to restricted content in violation of local law in the country where the service is available.

According to the report, government requests for user account data increased by 9 percent globally compared to the first half of 2016, from 59,229 applications to 64,279 applications, and requests by law enforcement agencies in the United States accounted for about half of those requests and included a non-disclosure and prohibition order Inform the user.

The proportion of restricted content violating domestic law decreased by 28 per cent globally compared to the first half of 2016, from 9663 to 6944, but this reduction does not necessarily reflect a reduction in content restriction requests. It is unusual.

This is due to the large number of requests related to one image of the terrorist attack that took place in the French capital Paris on 13 November 2015. The report also included for the first time information on the Internet disruption affecting access to Facebook products and services during the second half of 2016.

The social networking platform indicated that it restricted access to this image in 32,100 cases in France, but did not remove it in other countries because it found that it did not violate its own community standards because it was used to condemn the attack or to show sympathy for the victims.

The company said it had received an update on the case filed in the US court where the platform was trying to protect its users from escalating search warrants. The New York court said the company had raised new and important substantive issues but the court refused to review the case further, leading to the Supreme Court’s rejection.

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