World Bulletin/News Desk
Facebook Inc said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014 over the second half of last year.
According to the report, the first six months have shown a 24% increase in government requests. In the past few months, they have put forward 34, 946 requests on Facebook users. These requests are despite a 19% increase in blocked content in comparison to the last period. Facebook said that these requests are mostly for cases of robbery and kidnappings.
"We're aggressively pursuing an appeal to a higher court to invalidate these sweeping warrants and to force the government to return the data it has seized," the company said in a company blog post on Tuesday.
Google Inc reported in September a 15 percent sequential increase in the number of requests in the first half of this year, and a 150 percent rise in the last five years, from governments around the world to reveal user information in criminal investigations.
Drop in demand by Turkey
The largest social network in the world, with the latest membership figures rising to 1.35billion users, Facebook routinely publishes the information requests as reports. Government Request Reports are published every 6 months and recently announced the findings of the first 6 half of 2014.
Despite the increase in demand by other countries, the information shows that there is drop in demand from Turkey. According to the information there was a total of 153 facebook user/page requests from Turkey. 1893 was denied. The previous period this number was a total of 2014. These denials are only for Turkey. However this content continues to be seen by those who connect from other countries.
In comparison, the amount of government request for Germany was 3010, Italy was 2621 and for the United Kingdom, it was 2610. There was a total of 23003 requests from the USA.Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2014, 14:59