Facebook has published latest its ‘Global Government Requests Report’. The report for the second half of 2016 reveals that the data requests by the governments have only gone up. During the period from July 2016 to December 2016, the Indian government requested a total of 7,289 specific data and 9,932 complete user-account data. Of the total, 51.94 percent requests were adhered when Facebook produced “some” data. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
Additionally, a total of 719 ‘offensive’ content was blocked. “We restricted access to content in India in response to legal requests from law enforcement agencies from various states and the India Computer Emergency Response Team within the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The majority of content restricted was alleged to violate local laws against anti-religious speech, hate speech, and disrespect of national symbols,” explained Facebook in its report. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook also reported as many as 16 incidents of the internet disruption, affecting access to Facebook and its products. These incidents “took place during July, August, September, October, and December 2016. These disruptions were contained to specific regions,” added the social networking company. This is the first time internet disruption numbers have also been shared by the company.
If compared to Facebook’s previous data, the number of requests have gone up. According to the last report, Facebook recieved 6,324 requests along with 8,290 users account requests. However, in terms of the content restricted, nearly 2,034 posts were blocked between January 2016 and June 2016.
Globally, the government data requests have gone up by 9 percent, compared to the first half of 2016. Facebook reported as many as 64,279 requests as compared to 59,229. The company further revealed, About half of the data requests we received from law enforcement in the US contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user. Overall, the number of content restrictions dipped 28 percent globally from 9,663 to 6,944. ALSO READ: FaceApp gives different looks to your face in the most photorealistic way
As we have previously emphasized, we apply a rigorous approach to every government request we receive to protect the information of the people who use our services. We scrutinize each request for legal sufficiency, no matter which country is making the request, and challenge those that are deficient or overly broad. We do not provide governments with back doors or direct access to people s information , Facebook noted.
India is the second country to make such large demands regarding user-content. He sharing on content is not restricted to only Facebook posts but now, with the giant expanding, it includes the user s social media activity across different platforms like Whatsapp and Instagram too. Additionally, governments issue a non-disclosure order at time of making the requests ensuring the user is not informed of the same.