The Indian government has asked microblogging and social networking service Twitter to give data about 474 accounts and requested to withdraw or withhold content about 504 accounts on violating the law of the land in the first six months of this year. Twitter’s transparency report mentions that it helped the Indian government in 5% of the information request cases and complied in 6% of cases for account removal requests.
India requested Twitter to remove 2,484 accounts while a total of 1,268 Twitter accounts were specified for information requests. Speaking about the account removal requests its biannual report, Twitter said, “The data includes government requests (and other complaints of illegal content from authorized reporters) we’ve received to remove or withhold content on Twitter from India.” As for the information request, the data includes the number of government requests received for account information, as well as the percentage of requests Twitter complied with in whole or in part from India.
“Compared to the previous reporting period, we received roughly 67 percent more legal requests to remove content, originating from 49 different countries. Of the requests received, 80 percent of the volume originated from Japan, Russia, and Turkey. We withheld content in a country 2,457 times, at either an account or Tweet level,” informed Twitter.
US government takes the first spot that makes up the highest percentage of legal requests for account information from Twitter. “We saw a 22 percent increase in accounts reported for potential violations of our abuse policies. We took action on 68 percent more accounts compared to the last reporting period,” it added.
Twitter also took action ob 124,339 accounts for violating its impersonation policy. “Additionally, due to a combination of our increased focus on proactively surfacing potentially violative content for human review and the inclusion of impersonation data for the first time, we saw a 105 percent increase in accounts locked or suspended for violating the Twitter Rules,” Twitter said.
Twitter received 48% reports for accounts for potential violations of its hateful conduct policies. During its reporting period, Twitter suspended a total of 244,188 accounts that were related to child sexual exploitation.