Reinforcing Our Commitment to Transparency | Facebook Newsroom

by Fredrick Graves December 20, 2017, 0:41
Reinforcing Our Commitment to Transparency | Facebook Newsroom

In keeping with other major social networks, Facebook is fielding more requests for private user data than ever - among them secret orders enabling U.S. authorities to demand information without a warrant.

Requests for account data from authorities globally increased by over 21 per cent compared to the second half of 2016, from 64,279 to 78,890 with almost three millions posts removed from Facebook, including a small number from Ireland.

The report just mentioned that the requests Bangladesh government made include preservation of requests of 10 users' accounts and seeking data of 11 users. Each of those nation's administration had more than 50 percent of solicitations in truth, with the US (85 percent), United Kingdom (90 percent) and France (74 percent) striking for higher rates. Those requests rose from 64,279 in the second half of 2016 to 78,890.

The request for data demanding confidentiality shows that the USA government has been strengthening its efforts for national security. "Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague", the social media firm said in a statement.

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.

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The figure was revealed in Facebook's annual transparency report, which logs requests for data and content removal.

Figures provided by Facebook suggest it handed over data in 85% of requests from United States law enforcement and 90% in the UK. The US alone accounted for 41 percent of data requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France with 12 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent and 6 percent respectively.

This is not a new trend, and it's not unique to Facebook.

Much of the increase was driven by one case in which Mexican police asked Facebook to stop the circulation of a video taken during a school shooting in Monterrey in January. Facebook was disrupted 21 times in the first half for the Indian users.

It would have been good to get additional information about requests for data from Facebook's other properties including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, she said. This number is up a whopping 50% from previous year, with Facebook adding that there has been a massive 304% increase in the number of content restrictions around violating local law. In the first six months of 2013, when the transparency reports first began, approximately 62 percent were granted. Around 70,000 requests were sent to Instagram, and 685,000 pieces of content were removed.


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