Facebook removed almost 3 million infringing posts in first half of 2017


Since 2013, when the company first started providing data on government requests, the USA number has been steadily rising-it has roughly tripled in a period of four years.

The US, India, UK, Germany and France submitted the most requests, accounting for 41 percent, 12 percent, nine percent, seven percent and six percent respectively.

While the Indian government and law enforcement agencies requested for some information on 13,752 user accounts, Facebook produced "some data" in 54% of the cases in the January-June 2017 period.

Facebook says that 57 percent of United States government requests for user data in the first half of 2017 came with a secrecy order prohibiting it from notifying affected users.

The huge increase in requests was largely made up from law enforcement in Mexico, with Facebook saying they restricted a video of a January school shooting in Monterrey.

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.

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"Our transparency report describes these policies and procedures in more detail, along with the steps we've taken to safeguard the people who use Facebook and keep them informed about IP". At a global level, requests increased by 21 percent from the second half of 2016.

Specifically, Facebook restricted content for apparently violating law 28,036 times in the first six months of 2017, compared to 6,944 from the prior half-year. "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. Approximately 74 percent of all requests were granted - at least in part - during the first half of 2017, compared to 70 percent in the same period of 2016, according to The New Economy's calculations.

The report also points out the internet disruption of Pakistan which occurred only once in the first half of 2017, which affected Facebook products and services in Pakistan.

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On 27 April 2016, Facebook said that it gave the Bangladesh government 24 per cent of information as Dhaka made a total of 49 requests on 57 accounts. On Instagram, it made a move against 108,094 posts following 10,231 fake cases.