Twitter Sharing Government Takedowns

On Monday, Twitter said that government agencies in the U.S. had sought information from 948 Twitter user accounts in the first half of the year.  The Japanese government came in second place by requesting information about 147 Twitter accounts.

Twitter received 6 requests from courts and law agencies worldwide to take down content from countries like France and Pakistan.  Twitter did not comply with any of them.

However Twitter took down 5,000 tweets in response to copyright holders.  Twitter released this information in a “Transparency Report,” which details government inquiries for what is requested.  Twitter said they would compile and publish a transparency report twice per year similar to the way that Google does it.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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