India leads in restricting FB data

India leads in restricting FB data

Facebook restricted access to 5,832 pieces of content on India's orders during the second half of 2014.

Figures from the social media giant also show that the number of such requests from New Delhi is increasing.

India has maintained the top slot in this regard for the past 18 months, with Facebook restricting 4,960 pieces of content in January-June 2014 on India's request, and 4,763 in July-December 2013.

“We restricted access in India to content reported primarily by law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency Response Team in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, including anti-religious content and hate speech, which could cause unrest and disharmony,” said Facebook on Monday.

Turkey was second with 3,624 instances in July-December 2014. Germany was a distant third, with 60, followed by Russia (55) and Pakistan (54).

Interestingly, Pakistan had 1,773 such instances in the first half of 2014, said the Facebook report. The US did not have a single piece of content blocked during the second half of 2014, while France had 13 and Israel 15. The social networking site said there was an increase in government requests for data and content restriction.

“The amount of content restricted for violating local law increased 11 per cent over the previous half (year), to 9,707 from 8,774. We saw a rise in content restriction requests from countries like Turkey and Russia, and declines in places like Pakistan,” it said.

On data requests, Facebook said they responded to “valid requests” pertaining to criminal cases. India made 5,473 requests for data, mostly related to criminal cases, during the July-December 2014 period, covering 7,281 user accounts. Facebook provided “some data” on 44.69 per cent of the requests, it said.

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