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Indian Govt information requests to Twitter increased due to Delhi riots and COVID-19 pandemic

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Between January and June 2020, governments and law enforcement agencies in India sent 2,613 information requests to Twitter , more than thrice the amount of requests (789) sent in  July-December 2019, according to Twitter latest transparency report. Twitter received 1,705 more requests from India, while the number of accounts specified increased by 3,223, up by 258% and 120% respectively. "This stark increase was related to riots in Delhi and COVID-19 related requests," Twitter said.  In fact, requests sent from India between Jan-Jun 2020 accounted for 44% of all requests ever sent by the country since 2012 (totaling to 5,900 requests), when Twitter released its first transparency report.  India's information requests between Jan-Jun 2020 was second to the United States, and accounted for 21% of all global requests from governments and nearly 25% of all accounts specified, which refers to the particular accounts that governments wanted action upon in the legal requests. From India, 6,346 accounts were specified, an increase of 120% from 2,873 accounts in the previous period. However, it's worth noting that Twitter only complied with 1% of information requests. Twitter’s compliance rate since 2012 for India stands at 7.8%.  Information requests sent by law enforcement and governments from India Government information requests: 2,613, of which 246 requests were emergency and the remaining 2,367 requests were routine Accounts specified: 6,346 accounts, 5,906 accounts in routine requests and 440 in emergency requests Preservation requests: 2,892; 2,366 accounts and 526 requests Compliance rate: 1% of routine requests and 0.8% of emergency requests,…

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