India Government is the top requester for removing Facebook content

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Facebook has disclosed that it received 5,115 request for data from the Indian government concerning a total of 6,268 accounts and some data was produced in at least 45% of the cases.

However, the more startling figure is the threefold jump in number of content pieces taken down, which is the most for any country.

The Global Government Requests Report, released on November 11, is part of Facebook’s “broader effort to reform government surveillance in countries around the world by providing more transparency”.

Facebook said it restricted access in India to 15,155 pieces of content reported primarily by law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency Response Team within the ministry of communications and information technology because it was anti-religious and hate speech that could cause unrest and disharmony within India.

This number is up drastically from the 5,832 content pieces blocked in the second quarter of 2014.

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Increase in data requests globally

The post said there was an increase in content restrictions and government requests for data globally. The amount of content restricted for violating local law increased by 112% over the second half of 2014, to 20,568 pieces of content, up from 9,707, it said.

Government requests for account data increased across all countries by 18% over the same period, from 35,051 requests to 41,214. Facebook reiterated that it does not provide any government with “back doors” or direct access to people’s data.

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