The Latest from the Twitter Transparency Reports

  • February 25, 2015
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Twitter by eldh on Flickr.comTwitter first launched its Transparency Report in 2012 to provide the public with information about government requests for user information or to withhold content, as well as Digital Millennium Copyright Act-related takedown requests received from copyright holders. According to computer repair services, Portland residents should know that Twitter notifies users about account and takedown requests whenever it’s legal. The site also reports takedown requests on ChillingEffects.org.

Transparency Report Findings: July 1 to December 31, 2014

Twitter reports a 40 percent increase in government requests for user information in the last half of 2014 alone. The U.S. government is the top requester, followed by Turkey and Russia. The Russian, German and Turkish governments have also increased their number of content removal requests.

In the second half of 2014, 2,871 government requests sought information about 7,144 accounts. Twitter surrendered 52 percent of the information. During the same period, Washington D.C. was the top global petitioner with 1,622 of the requests. Of these, Twitter shared information regarding 80 percent of the cases. The social media giant did not honor account information requests from the Russian or Turkish governments. Twitter did produce some information for 12 percent of the account information petitions received from Germany,

Of the 477 content removal petitions from Turkey, Twitter withheld about 50 percent of the content users posted because of personal rights violations. Of Russia’s 91 content removal requests, Twitter’s compliance rate was 13 percent. Overall, Russian requests ranged from stopping the promotion of illegal drugs to attempts to suppress non-violent demonstrations to silencing well-known government critics. Twitter complied with 37 percent of Germany’s requests to withhold content because the government claimed it was discriminatory or hateful.

The Origin of U.S. Requests

Small-business computer repair experts assure you that Twitter won’t give away your account information or withhold content for no reason. In the U.S., most of the petitions come from court orders, subpoenas or search warrants. Requests from other companies also come in the form of court orders or requests from police departments and government agencies.

Secret Surveillance Requests

In October 2014, Twitter filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government in federal court because it wants to publish surveillance requests. At the time of publication, Twitter is on the losing end of the battle.

After Twitter began its Transparency Report, over 30 companies began similar programs to protect their users. If you are concerned about your privacy while using the Internet, contact the computer repair service experts at Happy Hamster to make sure you’re using the right preventive software.

 

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