FG requests Facebook user data of Nigerians

Bill Rogers
December 20, 2017

The report covers every information request from across the world over the first half of the year - apart from those subject to national security delays. India, the UK, Germany and France were also among the most frequent requesters, with 12 per cent, nine per cent, seven per cent and six per cent, respectively.

More than half of the requests came with demands that the person whose information was requested not be told about it.

57% of the data requests were from USA law enforcement contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user, a rise of 50% from the previous transparency report. Surprisingly, Pakistan's request for restricting targeted Facebook Content increased in the first half of the year 2017, according to the report of Pakistan's request for data by Facebook.

"This increase was primarily driven by a request from Mexican law enforcement to remove instances of a video depicting a school shooting in Monterrey in January", Facebook said. The majority of content restricted was alleged to violate local laws relating to defamation of religion and hate speech added the company.

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Worldwide requests for Facebook user data now significantly outnumber those received by Google, which recorded 48,941 requests concerning 83,345 accounts in first half of 2017.

Facebook included intellectual property-based takedown requests for the first time in its semi-annual Transparency report. At a global level, requests increased by 21 percent from the second half of 2016.

In a foreword to the report, the company stated: "If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary". Facebook said 217,265 of substance in its informal community were expelled after it followed up on 81 percent of 14,279 claims in the principal half of the year. Facebook suggested these shutdowns can create barriers for businesses and prevent people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends. To access more basic information, such as names and email addresses, only a valid subpoena in connection with an official investigation is required.

In July, WIPR reported that Facebook had acquired Source3, a start-up focused on the management of IP in user-generated content. On Instagram, it made a move against 108,094 posts following 10,231 fake cases.

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