Twitter has received 849 user information requests from 16 countries during the period January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012 and it complied with as much as 63% of the requests, the company informed in its first ever Twitter transparency report. Further, Twitter also added, that it received more government requests in the first half of 2012 than in the entire 2011. User Information Requests: Twitter has received user information requests against 1181 users/accounts. The company notes these requests include the user account information requests received from the government, in connection with criminal investigations or cases and it has notified impacted users about the requests for their account information, unless it was prohibited by the law. It has also clarified these requests may include multiple requests that ask for data for the same account or requests for accounts that do not exist or were mistakenly identified. Twitter said that it has received the highest requests from United States, receiving around 679 requests for 948 users/accounts with an alarming 75% compliance rate, followed by Japan where it received 98 requests against 147 users/accounts and a 20% compliance rate. The company has received less than 10 requests from India against less than 10 users/accounts with a 0% compliance rate. Removal of Content: During the same period ( Jan - June 2012), Twitter has received six removal requests (three from court orders and three from government agencies) against 18 users/accounts with a 0% compliance rate i.e. it has not removed any content from its site during the last six months.…
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