Government Requests For Twitter Account Information Rose 52% In 2015

By Caitlin HustonMarketWatch Pulse

Twitter Inc. received 52% more government requests for account information for the first half of 2015, marking the largest increase in requests since Twitter began releasing the numbers in 2012. The increased number of requests affected 78% more users, which includes users on Twitter, Periscope and Vine, than the previous reporting period, Twitter said. Most of the requests came from the United States, at 56% of total requests, followed by Japan, at 10% and Turkey at 9%. The United Kingdom had the fourth most requests with 7% of total requests. Content removal requests also increased 26%. Twitter said it notifies users about the account information requests unless it is prohibited or there's an exception to its user notice policy.

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