Twitter ignores India’s requests to remove content

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Bangalore | Published: August 13, 2015 12:04:41 AM

Twitter, in its bi-annual transparency report for January 1 to June 30, said the requests for removal of content either by Indian government agencies...

Twitter, in its bi-annual transparency report for January 1 to June 30,  said the requests for removal of content either by Indian government agencies, police or courts more than doubled to 33, compared to the last reporting period.

Twitter said it did not comply with any of the requests to remove content from its social platform.

This report is a part of  the bi-annual global transparency report that the micro-blogging website releases every year, since 2012. However, for the first time this year Twitter has included two new sections in its report: trademark notices and email privacy practices.

In the report, Twitter said, “As has long been the trend, we continue to see a rise in the number of these requests. Notably, requests for account information have increased 52%, which is the largest increase between reporting periods we have ever seen, with removal requests and copyright notices growing by 26% and 11% respectively.”

Moreover, the report also said the Indian government’s request to seek account information of users increased to 113 compared to 41 such requests in the last reporting period. According to the report  ‘account information’ request include government requests received, typically in connection with criminal investigations. Of the 113 requests, Twitter complied with 19% of them, where it gave “at least some information” to government authorities.

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