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Thursday, July 5, 2012
by Michael Loatman
Government requests for Twitter Inc.
user information in the first half of 2012 overwhelmingly have come from the
United States, according to the company's first transparency report, which
it released July 2.
Twitter said it was inspired to
create the report by a similar project undertaken by Google Inc. The report
details the number of times a country’s government has requested user information
or asked content to be withheld, as well as how many Digital Millennium
Copyright Act takedown notices have been received. Twitter also noted how often
information was produced or content taken down.
The company said governments should
be held accountable, “especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance
to do so themselves.”
Specific findings include:
Twitter said it plans to update the
transparency report twice a year.
2012, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
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