Facebook Received 28,147 Government Requests in Second Half of 2013

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has announced the number of data requests it received from law enforcement agencies from around the world for the second half of the year. That number is 28,147. These requests impacted around 38,256 accounts. 

Facebook released its first report in August 2013 so we cannot compare year-to-year differences. The second half of 2013 (July to December) can be compared against the first half (January to June) to get a total for the full year.

The numbers for the second half of last year are slightly higher than the first half, which are 25,607 requests that affects 37,954 users accounts. In all of 2013, Facebook saw 53,754 government requests that impacted 66,101 accounts potentially. This is close to what Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! saw last year.

Facebook announced that it is expanding its first report to include information about government requests for account information with government requests to restrict or remove content from its service on the grounds that it violates local law, according to TheNextWeb.

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share, and to make the world more open and connected. Sometimes, the laws of a country interfere with that mission, by limiting what can be shared there,” said the company in a statement.

Facebook said that it reviews each request to make sure it is legally sufficient. Facebook pushes back against requests that are too broad or vague.


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