Facebook says government data requests are at their highest level ever

Facebook today released its biannual report on government data requests, indicating that total law enforcement requests are at their highest level ever at 41,214 for the first half of 2015. That’s an 18 percent jump over the back half of last year, according to the social network’s publicly available database that began tracking requests two years ago. The company also said it saw a 112 percent rise in content it hides due to violations of local laws. Roughly 75 percent of that restricted content is coming from users in India, where the company’s Computer Emergency Response Team is said to censor social media posts critical of religion or the state.

The US is still far and away the global leader in data requests, with 17,577 total…

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