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Account information requests jump from India: Twitter

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The made information requests for 422 accounts in the July-December 2018 period while law enforcement agencies in the country asked the micro-blogging platform to remove 667 accounts for violating the law of the land -- a massive jump from 237 accounts in the previous reporting period.

The government had made information requests for 355 accounts in the previous January-June 2018 period.

According to Twitter's 14th biannual released late Thursday, the company provided some information to the in 18 per cent of cases.

In the case of 667 account removal requests, complied with 2 per cent of the them.

There were 49 emergency disclosure requests from the and Twitter produced information in 10 per cent of the cases.

The Indian government asked Twitter to preserve information for 100 accounts and Twitter specified 30 such accounts.

"Upon receipt of a valid preservation request, we will temporarily preserve, but not disclose, a snapshot of the relevant account information for 90 days pending issuance and service of valid process," said Twitter.

The company this time received government information requests from 86 different

The US now comprises only 30 per cent of global government information requests and 35 per cent of all global accounts specified in the same category.

The second highest volume of information requests were submitted by (24 per cent of global information requests, comprising 20 per cent of global accounts specified).

Requests from the (13 per cent), (6 per cent), (6 per cent), and (5 per cent) together account for 30 per cent of all global information requests, and 29 per cent of all global accounts specified.

"We received roughly 8 per cent fewer global requests to remove content, impacting approximately 2 per cent fewer accounts, compared to the previous reporting period. However, there was an 84 per cent increase year-over-year between 2017 and 2018," said Vijaya Gadde, Legal, and & Safety Lead at Twitter.



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First Published: Fri, May 10 2019. 17:18 IST