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Meta transparency report shows user requests from Indian government continued to climb

The report revealed that information requests from the Indian government went up by 12% since the year began.

Meta, formerly Facebook, complied with 51% of the 45,275 information requests it received from the Indian government during the first half of 2021, according to its latest transparency report released on November 10. The tech giant also experienced 28 internet disruptions in India during the period. The disruptions, likely due to government-enforced internet shutdowns, led to a total outage of 3 months and 1 day and were primarily in Jammu and Kashmir. The biannual transparency report, which enumerates Facebook's responses to government requests for user data, content violating local law, global internet disruptions, etc., added a new category that lists specific cases in which Facebook yielded to government information requests. After the United States, India sent the second-highest number of information requests, a trend observed in older reports as well. India has sent high numbers of information requests in other cases too, like Twitter which revealed in July that India sent it the highest number of information requests and Google whose data revealed India sent among the highest number of information requests. India sees increase in number of government information requests The report noted that information related to 68,485 accounts/users were requested. In absolute terms, the latest disclosure indicates a 12% increase in Indian government's requests from those reported in the second half of 2020 (40,300), and a one percent drop in Facebook's compliance with them (then 52%). Meta processes two types of government requests - legal requests, biding local laws and in some cases the MLAT (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty), and…

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