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Not a single tweet withheld in India between Jan-June 2017: Twitter Transparency report

Between January 1 and June 30, 2017 Twitter didn’t withhold any tweets from India, the company revealed in its latest Transparency Report. In this period the microbogging site received 2 court ordered content removal requests and 102 other content removal requests from government agencies, police and other authorised agencies. While the number of accounts reported during this period were 341. However, Twitter didn't even partially remove or withhold any content in this period. Twitter had also not withheld any tweets in the second half of last year (between July 1 and December 31, 2016). In regards to India, Twitter mentioned: The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) sent a blocking order under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. The request sought the removal of content from 60 users. While we suspended 16 accounts for violating Twitter’s Terms of Service, we asked for additional information regarding the remaining accounts. Generally, we do not take action on political speech protected under the UN-recognized principles of free expression. User Information Requests: Twitter received 261 government requests for account information from India that specified 659 accounts between January-June 2017. Out of this, Twitter provided some information for 21% of the requests. The number of requests have increased significantly from the 168 government requests that specified 427 user accounts in the second half of 2016, of which the company had complied with 23% of the requests. Overall, Twitter received 6448 information requests for 11115 accounts and provided some information in 60% of the cases. The…

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