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Pakistan Govt Request to Facebook for Restricting Content Rise Sharply

Reinforcing Our Commitment to Transparency | Facebook Newsroom

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 government made 32,716 requests for data from the company in the first half of 2017, with 57 per cent of those requests coming with demands for confidentiality, the company said in its semi-annual Transparency Report.

The countries that were most active in making requests to Facebook for account data were the U.S., India, the UK, Germany and France.

We apply a rigorous approach to every government request we receive to protect the information of the people who use our services.

While the Indian government and law enforcement agencies requested for some information on 13,752 user accounts, Facebook produced "some data" in 54% of the cases in the January-June 2017 period.

While all requests are reviewed by Facebook, the figures also revealed that most were approved, with the United Kingdom (90 per cent), the U.S. (85 per cent) and France (74 per cent) all notable for their high level of request approval.

"Requests for account data increased 21 percent globally compared to the second half of 2016, from 64,279 to 78,890".

Despite the disclosures there remains plenty that Facebook can't say, particularly around the nature and intention of data requests from governments. Facebook was disrupted 21 times in the first half for the Indian users.

Even though Facebook has 241 million active users in India compared with 240 million in the United States, the company received 57% of the data requests we received from law enforcement in the U.S. contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user. Copies of five NSLs are also available in the transparency report. If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, Facebook "push back, and will fight in court, if necessary".

The first half of 2017 witnessed 52 Internet disruptions in nine countries, as opposed to 43 disorders in 20 countries in the second half of 2016. We continue to be deeply concerned by internet disruptions, which can create barriers for businesses and prevent people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends. Around 70,000 requests for copyright were submitted to Instagram, with 685,000 posts removed.

Over 110,000 pieces of Facebook content were removed for trademark infringement, with over 37,000 removed from Instagram. On Instagram, it took action against 108,094 posts following 10,231 counterfeit claims.

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