Last week, in its biannual transparency report, Twitter detailed the volume of requests from global governments for account data and content removal demands. Simply put, the rate of growth of these requests is on the rise.
For the first half of 2014, information requests from governments in regards to account information came to a total of 2,058. This is an increase of 46 percent from 2013’s second half, and a 77.87 percent increase from the same period a year ago.
In the first six months of this year, more than 50 percent of those 2,058 requests came from the United States. That’s a total of 1,257 requests, with an impact on 1,918 accounts. 72 percent of those requests were granted by Twitter.
On the other hand, requests for content take-down increased by a mere 14.6 percent when compared to 2013’s second half. This figure is, however, a 620 percent rise from the year-ago period. According to the data, Turkey was largely responsible for this increase, thanks to a huge number of court-ordered removals.
Twitter has requested the United States government let it be more flexible in reporting “national security requests.” In a sample report, the company asked the U.S. Department of Justice “to return it to [Twitter], indicating which information (if any) [was] classified or otherwise [could not] lawfully be published.” Twitter has waiting for over three months, but has yet to receive a reply.