Government Inquiries On Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) Users Rose In Second-Half Of 2014

Micro-blogging site Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) said that it received higher government requests pertaining to user data and tweet removal in the second half of 2014. These requests mainly came in from Russia, Turkey, and the U.S. The social media platform revealed the details in its bi-yearly transparency report. As per the numbers, there was 84% jump in tweet removal requests and 40% more requests for account information during July 1 to Dec 31, as against the first half of the year.

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Content Removal Surged

Among all, Turkey topped in requesting for content removal during the last six months, according to the report. The Turkish government sent 477 requests to take down the content from the site, followed by 91 requests from Russia and 43 requests from Germany. The U.S. government made the majority of inquiries about user data with 1,622 requests. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) said that its compliance rate for those demands rose 8%, as it provided information in 80% of the requested cases. However, the company said that it did not provide information to Russia and Turkey for their user data requests.

By issuing the report, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) aims to throw light on government surveillance on Twitter members. The company has been publishing the report since 2012 and has set the trend for other technology companies as well. The company’s senior manager of global legal policy, Jeramy Kessel wrote in a blog post that such transparency reports have complications attached as the company is often being questioned and criticized for its decisions. He added that they take such feedback positively so as to keep going amid the complex and diverse legal structure across the world.

In Favor Of More Free-Speech

All that can be said is that Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is putting efforts to distinguish itself from other companies in terms of how it shares user information with the government agencies. Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Inc. (NASDAQ:MSFT), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) have agreed to share data in groups of 1,000. But, Twitter filed a lawsuit in October to put restriction on the number of inquiries it will answer.

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