Facebook says number of government data requests up considerably

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

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

In total, the number of USA government account data requests that came with non-disclosure orders grew 50% from the second half of 2016.

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

Facebook's content restrictions rose more than fourfold in the first six months of 2017 after Mexican law enforcement asked the tech firm to remove a viral video of a school shooting.

Further, the Facebook Transparency Report also revealed a massive 304% surge in the number of content restrictions related to the violation of local laws.

In total, the number of requests stood at 9,853 with the government asking for access to 13,752 user accounts and Facebook complying with 54% of these requests, which means that it handed over data in a majority of the requests.

Facebook said it received more than 377,000 complaints in the first six months of the year related to IP issues, and it removed almost 3 million posts. Copies of the NSLs, as well as the government's authorization letters are available for download below.

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Most of these requests - about 32,716 - came from the USA government, according to Facebook. It restricted access to three items of content in response to a court order related to defamation. For the second half of 2016, content was restricted only around 7000 times, suggesting a fourfold increase in the takedown requests, notes The Verge.

In total, Facebook removed 2,978,604 infringing posts, which included individual posts, photos, videos or advertisements to profiles on Facebook, and photos, videos, advertisements or accounts on Instagram.

The report also points out the internet disruption of Pakistan which occurred only once in the first half of 2017, which affected Facebook products and services in Pakistan.

Facebook also took action against more than 300,000 counterfeit content marketed and sold across its platforms, and took down almost 150,000 pieces of trademark infringing content.

Please see the full report for more information. Some 70,000 solicitations for copyright came to Instagram, with 685,000 bits of substance evacuated. On Instagram, the company removed 10,094 posts following 10,231 counterfeit claims.

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