Governments are asking Facebook for a lot more user account data


Facebook said it received more than 377,000 complaints in the first six months of the year related to IP issues, and it removed almost 3 million posts.

"Requests for account data increased 21 percent globally compared to the second half of 2016, from 64,279 to 78,890".

Facebook also received preservation requests, which ask that certain account records be saved, especially for matters of official criminal investigations for 90 days pending the receipt of the formal legal process. Facebook granted 85 percent of the USA government's requests.

Over half of those requests, some 57% of them included a non-disclosure order that stops Facebook from notifying the account holder of the request of data from the government.

The Government Request Report, now known as Transparency Report, updates on government requests for account data, content restrictions, and internet disruptions. Previously it was called the Government Requests Report, but it's since been renamed as it now also includes data regarding intellectual property requests.

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More than 1,800 requests were so-called "emergency disclosures", which are granted to law enforcement on a case-by-case basis, and are a subject of some controversy. For the second half of 2016, content was restricted only around 7000 times, suggesting a fourfold increase in the takedown requests, notes The Verge. There were also over 110,000 pieces of Facebook content removed for trademark infringement, over 37,000 posts removed from Instagram for the same reason, and 14,279 counterfeit reports. "If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary", Facebook's Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby said in a blog post.

According to Facebook, the number of content restrictions for violating local law increased by 304 percent globally to 28,036 in the first half of 2017 from 6,944 in the second half of 2016.

It also reported 52 disruptions to Facebook services in nine countries in this period, up from 43 disruptions in 20 countries in the prior six months.

The informal organization initially presented the reports, which give crude figures on information solicitations and information in truth, in 2013 to help build permeability on government conduct.