Requests for Facebook user data and content restrictions in the first six months of 2014 were up some 24 percent compared with the same period of 2013, with a total of 34,946 requests, and the amount of content on the social network restricted by local laws rose about 19 percent year-over-year, according to the third global Government Requests Report, released Tuesday.
Global Government Requests Report
The Electronic Frontier Foundation released its 2014 Who Has Your Back? report, detailing Internet companies’ efforts to protect their users from government requests, and Facebook was one of a handful of companies to receive stars in all six criteria.
Facebook Releases Second Global Government Requests Report, Adds Requests To Restrict, Remove Content
Facebook announced the release of the second edition of its Global Government Requests Report, and this time around, it added government requests to restrict or remove content to the information it previously provided on government requests for account information.
Facebook continued its efforts to provide its users with information on government requests for data by joining other industry heavyweights in filing a motion with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in an effort to provide greater transparency.
Continuing its efforts to quell users’ concerns over the safety of their data in the wake of the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, Facebook Tuesday released its first Global Government Requests Report, saying that it will “release these reports regularly in the future.”