In its Transparency Report covering January to June this year, Facebook has revealed that the social network has received increased number of government requests for users’ data. The first half of the year had seen a total of 78,890 requests compared to 64,279 requests the company received during the second half of last year.
Unsurprisingly, the largest source of data request was US government as it served Facebook 32,716 requests for data from 52,280 accounts. However, the number of data requests is surprisingly high considering Facebook received only 12,000 requests related to 21,000 accounts. Other largest amount of data requests came from India 9,856), Germany (5,211) and UK (6,854.
Alongside increased government requests involving users’ data, Facebook also saw increased content removal requests due to local law violation. While the number of requests to remove offensive contents rose from 6,944 to 28,036, over 20,000 of these requests were related to the video of school shooting in January.