Between January 1 and June 30, 2014 Twitter didn’t withhold any tweets from India, the company revealed in its latest Transparency Report. In this period the microbogging site didn’t receive any court ordered content removal requests. However, there were 5 content removal requests from various government agencies, police and others that specified 9 user accounts. It’s worth noting that in the second half of 2013 (between July and Demcember) Twitter had received 2 court ordered removal requests, 6 removal requests from government or police authorities that specified 54 accounts, and Twitter had withheld 13 tweets.
User information requests: Twitter received 16 government requests for account information from India that specified 44 user accounts, and complied with 13% of these requests between January-June 2014. In the second half of 2013 a total of 19 information requests for 27 accounts were made to Twitter. In 32% of the cases Twitter provided the requested information.
In totality Twitter received 2058 information requests for 3131 accounts and provided some information in 52% of the cases. The maximum requests originated from United States (1257), followed by Japan (192) and Saudi Arabia (189).
Removal requests: A total of 88 court ordered removal requests were received by Twitter, 344 removal requests from government agencies, police, etc. In this period Twitter withheld 251 tweets. Surprisingly, the maximum court ordered removal requests and removal request from other agencies originated from Turkey, 65 and 121 respectively.
Copyright notices: There was a 38% increase in the number of copyright-based takedown notices in January-June 2014 period. Twitter received a total of 9199 takedown notices, and in 76% of the cases removed some material. Over 9000 accounts were affected by this, 30,870 tweets and 15,088 media files were withheld. There was also an 80% increase in counter notices – 10 between July-December 2013 to 18 between January-December 2014.
India stats on a decline
In comparison to the second half of 2013, Twitter received lower number of user information requests and content removal requests in the first half of 2014. It’s surprising because during this period a fiercely contested Lok Sabha election was held in the country, which was debated and analysed extensively on Twitter.