Twitter Reports A Sharp Increase In Requests From Governments To Remove Content And User Information Snooping!

Twitter Reports A Sharp Increase In Requests From Governments To Remove Content And User Information Snooping!

On Thursday, Twitter issued a warning about the rising number of requests from governments around the world for businesses to censor content or snoop on user account information.

In a recent report, the social media company said it received a record number of legal requests from local, state, and federal governments asking Twitter to delete content from accounts or reveal private information like user locations or direct messages. Nearly 60,000 requests were made in just six months last year, the company said.

In a conversation that was broadcast on the site on Thursday, Yoel Roth, the head of Twitter’s safety and integrity, said, “We’re seeing governments become more aggressive in how they try to use legal tactics to unmask the people using our service, collect information about account owners, and also use legal demands as a way to try and silence people.”

The majority of requests for account information come from the US, which accounts for 20% of the inquiries. India is immediately behind.

About 40% of all requests for information on user accounts, according to Twitter, were fully cooperated with.

Japan makes the most requests to Twitter to remove content from accounts, along with being a frequent requester for account information. Half of all requests for material removal came from Japan, with more than 23,000 requests total. On its removal requests, Russia lagged much behind.

Twitter Reports A Sharp Increase In Requests From Governments To Remove Content And User Information Snooping!

Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, Meta, also saw a rise in governmental requests for user data privacy during the same period.

The final half of 2021 saw a sharp increase in requests from governments aimed against verified journalists and news organizations, according to Twitter.

Between July and December of last year, governments throughout the world issued a record amount of legal demands on 349 verified journalist or news outlet accounts, an increase of 103%.

On the accounts of journalists, Twitter did not break down which nations made such demands or how many of the requests were complied with.

In a statement sent by email to The Associated Press, Rob Mahoney, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, claimed that governments are leveraging social media corporations to suppress journalists and stifle opponents.

Twitter Reports A Sharp Increase In Requests From Governments To Remove Content And User Information Snooping!

According to Mahoney, the increase in government requests for content takedowns and information on journalists is a reflection of a global trend toward greater censorship and information manipulation.

Reporters must do more to oppose government efforts to restrict dissenting voices, as social media platforms are essential for them.

Kimberly

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