Twitter by request
There has been a 40% increase in government requests for Twitter user account information over the past year, according to Twitter’s latest transparency report. Requests have has spiked in many countries, but Russia, Turkey and the US stand out from the rest. In the former, Twitter went from having never received a request to receiving more than 100 (though the company did not provide any info in response). Requests from Turkey increased over 150% (again, no information given). However, there was a 29% hike in requests from the US, and Twitter’s compliance rate rose 8%.
The top three requesting countries were Turkey, Russia and Germany. Turkish requests generally focused on claimed violations of personal rights of private citizens and government officials. For Russia, requests ranged from promotion of illegal drugs to attempts to suppress non-violent demonstrations, while most German activity dealt with complaints of alleged hateful and discriminatory content.
By the way, Twitter publishes copies of government-issued takedown requests for public review on Chilling Effects when it takes action on those demands, marking any content it’s forced to withhold.