Twitter reports record government requests to remove content

Twitter He said that between January and June last year, governments around the world made requests to remove the contents of a record number of user accounts, data provided by the company’s social networks on Tuesday.

The platform said that governments 43 387 legal claims for the content removal 196 878 accounts in the six-month period, according to the latest transparency report obtained by Reuters.

Twitter said this is the largest number of accounts it has ever been targeted. removal requests by governments in a reporting period since the company began publishing transparency reports in 2012.

In addition, it was the largest number of removal requests by governments in a reporting period.

95% of the legal claims come from five countries, with the majority of them from Japan, followed by Russia, Turkey, In the Y South Korea, He said. The site has been blocked in several countries, including China Y North Korea.

Twitter said it was “withholding” access to content in certain countries or that account holders should remove some or all of the content. reported content in response to 54% of the global lawsuits in this period.

“We face unprecedented challenges as governments around the world increasingly seek to intervene and remove content,” said Twitter’s vice president of global public policy and philanthropy. Sinead McSweeney, it’s a statement.

“Is privacy threat and the freedom of speech It is a deep-seated trend that requires our full attention. “

Large social media companies face ongoing scrutiny from governments and world regulators over the material they allow on their platforms.

In recent years, Twitter has had high-profile conflicts with governments since the In the to Nigeria on moderation and content regulation.

Furthermore, Twitter, with companies like Facebook Y Google, faced criticism US and other countries on how to combat problems such as misinformation and violent rhetoric on their platform.

According to the data, the number of accounts specified in the legal requests it was almost 50% higher than the 131,933 accounts in the previous six months. The number of requests for account removal by governments has increased by 14%, according to Twitter, compared to 38,524 in the last reference period, and 2.8% year-on-year.

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