Twitter has released its second transparency report based on the last six months data on government requests received for user information and content removal, along with takedown notices received from copyright holders. The report shows that Twitter has witnessed a steady increase in government requests on information and removal of data though copyright takedown notices have been slightly reduced from earlier. According to the report, 81 percent of all the information received worldwide has been originated from the US. Also Read - You can now share tweets as Instagram Stories: Here's how to do so with these simple steps
Twitter has so far received 1,858 information requests in total, which includes 1,009 requests received from various governments in the second half last year. This shows close to 16 percent growth in the requests received on information data. Out of this, India and countries like Germany, Australia, Italy and Mexico had less than 10 user information requests, while the US alone reportedly received the major chunk of requests with 815 user information requests in total.
Information Requests are essentially government requests received by Twitter for user account information, typically in connection with criminal investigations or cases. On the other hand, removal requests are mainly about government requests to remove or withhold valid complaints and content that seems illegal on the micro-blogging site. Talking about figures this year, there has been a steep rise in removal requests which has reportedly increased from 6 in the first half to 42 in the next.
While there has been a rise in the removal requests and information request in the second half, data fetched from the report suggests that copyright notices have reduced from 3,378 notices in the first half to 3,268 in the latter.