Facebook Transparency Report reveals government requests for data still increasing

Facebook law enforcement takedowns quadrupled in six months because of a school shooting video

Government requests for Facebook user data continue to increase worldwide

Surprisingly, Pakistan's request for restricting targeted Facebook Content increased in the first half of the year 2017, according to the report of Pakistan's request for data by Facebook.

57% of the data requests were from USA law enforcement contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user, a rise of 50% from the previous transparency report.

Facebook said overall the number of content restrictions for violating local law increased by 304% globally, compared to the second half of 2016, from 6,944 to 28,036. The report shows various requests from different governments around the world. She was broadcasting her confrontation on Facebook, and police asked the company to shut down her account, saying that other users were egging her on. For the second half of 2016, content was restricted only around 7000 times, suggesting a fourfold increase in the takedown requests, notes The Verge.

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More than half of the requests came with demands that the person whose information was requested not be told about it.

"We continue to carefully scrutinize each request we receive for account data - whether from an authority in the U.S., Europe, or elsewhere - to make sure it is legally sufficient".

Facebook's Transparency report for 2017 also includes disruptions affecting access to Facebook products and services in India that took place and say there were 21 in total.

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Restrictions related to NSL orders were relaxed by the US Congress in June 2015, with the passing of the USA Freedom Act, which requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation to review NSLs individually. The report also revealed the redacted copies of five National Security letters that the company was not allowed to disclose earlier as per the non-disclosure orders. "If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary", Facebook's Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby said in a blog post.

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.

The numbers are quite revealing when it comes to claims of counterfeits.

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The number of pieces of content restricted on Facebook during the first half of the year 2017 is around 177.

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