Facebook received 55,827 requests from governments to restrict content that violated local laws in the second half of 2015, up a staggering 271.4 percent from 20,568 in the first half of 2015.
The social network also said in its Global Government Requests Report for July through December 2015 that government requests for account data rose 13 percent, to 46,763 in the second half of 2015 from 41,214 in the first half.
The top 10 countries in terms of requests for content restrictions were:
And the top 10 countries in terms of requests for account data were:
U.S., 19,235 from 30,041 accounts
India, 5,561 from 7,018 accounts
U.K., 4,190 from 5,478 accounts
Germany, 3,140 from 3,628 accounts
France, 2,711 from 2,894 accounts
Brazil, 1,655 from 2,673 accounts
Italy, 1,525 from 2,598 accounts
Argentina, 892 from 1,047 accounts
Australia, 802 from 846 accounts
Poland, 611 from 627 accounts
Facebook deputy general counsel Chris Sonderby said in a Newsroom post announcing the availability of the new Global Government Requests Report:
We?ve added several case studies to give people actual examples of government requests to restrict content and the resulting actions taken by Facebook. For instance, one of the case studies explains that the increase in restricted content in this half is almost entirely due to one photo related to the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. The photo was alleged to violate French laws related to protecting human dignity. We restricted access to more than 32,000 copies of the photo, in France only, in response to a legal request from the French government.
For the first time, we are also reporting information about nondisclosure orders: approximately 60 percent of the requests we received for user data from authorities in the U.S. contained nondisclosure orders that prohibited us from notifying the user. Finally, ...