Russia, Turkey and the US needed extra of your Twitter knowledge final yr

Russia, Turkey and the US wanted more of your Twitter data last year

Twitter won’t have the simplest time getting new customers, however it’s having no issues attracting nosy governments. The social service simply revealed its transparency report for the again half of 2014, and there was a big forty % spike in knowledge requests led by only a handful of nations. Whereas the surveillance-completely satisfied US definitely contributed to that determine with a 29 % improve, the most important culprits have been nations that overtly clamp down on freedom of expression. Russia went from making no account information requests in any respect to greater than one hundred, whereas Turkey’s curiosity shot up one hundred fifty %. And Turkey is undoubtedly a fan of censorship. Whereas Russia’s makes an attempt to quash political opposition helped gasoline ninety one takedown requests, Turkey requested for a whopping 477 takedowns — not shocking given its makes an attempt to demonize social networks that permit straightforward criticism of political leaders.

The excellent news? Twitter is usually saying no. It denied all of these Russian and Turkish account requests, and its compliance with US requests elevated a comparatively low eight %. It wasn’t as profitable in preventing takedowns (it solely gained 5 % of Turkish courtroom appeals), nevertheless it did shoot down quite a few Russian makes an attempt to stifle each protests and particular person critics. Even non-governmental requests (principally from attorneys in lawsuits and felony instances) did not discover a lot success — Twitter solely granted 25 % of personal requires info. It is uncertain that the strain will let up any time quickly, nevertheless it’s good to know that the corporate is not caving in.

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