Between January to June 2013, Twitter received 1 removal request through a court order and 1 removal request by government or police authorities that specified less than 10 user accounts and it complied with 50% of these requests, the company has revealed as a part of its Transparency report.
This is the first instance where Twitter has withheld tweets in India based on government orders, although it had previously withheld tweets due to copyright violations.
Twitter says that it had withheld 3 tweets between January to June 2013, although it didn’t withheld any accounts during this period. In comparison, the company had received similar number of requests during July to December 2012, although it hadn’t complied with any of the requests then.
Overall, the company received 60 removal requests between January to June 2013 that specified 104 user accounts and it complied with 38% of these requests. In comparison, Twitter had received 42 removal requests between July to December 2012, that specified 140 user accounts and it complied with only 5% of these requests. This indicates that Twitter’s compliance rate has shot up significantly during this year.
User Information Requests: Twitter informed that it received less than 10 requests for disclosure of of user information from the Indian government during January to June 2013. However, it did not comply with any of those requests.
Overall, it received 1,157 user information requests specifying 1,697 accounts during the period and Twitter complied with 55% of these requests. The company noted that it received requests from 26 different governments during January-June 2013 and it received the highest requests from United States, receiving around 902 requests for 1,319 users/accounts with an alarming 67% compliance rate. United States represented 78% of the user information requests received by Twitter. Twitter also mentioned that they notify affected users of requests for their account information unless they are prohibited by law.
Copyright Notices: The total number of copyright noticed increased 76% to 5,753 copyright notices globally, of which Twitter complied with 61% of removal notices. About 22,399 twitter accounts were affected, 18,413 tweets removed and 3,993 media items were removed. Media items include profile photos, header photos, background images, Twitter-hosted media (e.g., pic.twitter.com) and Vine videos. The company hasn’t provided any country wise breakdown for copyright notices.
The companies which sent the highest number of takedown requests over the past six months were Remove Your Media (696 notices), Recording Industry Association of America (474 notices) and Copyright Integrity (164 notices).
Twitter also mentioned that it received six DMCA counter notices during this period and the company restored media items in all these requests.
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