Facebook has today released its worldwide Government Request Report that shows the number of requests the social networking giant receives from different countries’ authorities for user data on valid criminal cases and for other government proceedings. According to the report, the Indian government has made a total of 4,559 requests for user data and 5,958 requests for user accounts between January and June this year. Also Read - How to hide likes on Instagram, Facebook if you don't want social media validationAlso Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsApp
Out of these requests, Facebook produced only 50.87 percent of them. The noticeable part of the finding however is that India registered 4,765 requests for content restriction, which were reported primarily by law enforcement officials as well as India s Computer Emergency Response Team under the local laws for religion or state. India tops the chart for content restriction worldwide. It is interesting to note that US has made no requests for content restriction. Also Read - Facebook is finally bringing 'smart glasses' in collaboration with Ray-Ban
These stats also reveal that India stands second in the number of user data requests from any country. The only one above our country is US, who has asked for 15,433 requests for user data and 23,667 requests for user account references. Germany stands third with 2,537 requests for user data, 3,078 requests for user account references, and mere 34 requests for content restriction.
Overall, Facebook reported a global increase of 24 percent in government requests for data since the last half of 2013 with a total of 34,946 requests in this year’s first half.