Twitter "Transparency Report" Reveals U.S. Government Making Shocking Number of Requests for User Information
Twitter has released its first "transparency report" disclosing some disturbing facts regarding government requests for user information. The US subpoenas tweets more than any other government in the world, the report reveals, and is also the most successful in accessing Twitter users' information. The US government is responsible for nearly 80 percent of total requests for Twitter disclosures, and Twitter released "some or all" of that information to 75 percent of requests.
This year alone, the US government made a stunning 679 of 849 total requests for information. That number compares to just 98 requests from the Japanese government, 11 each from the Canadian and British governments, and less than 10 for many other countries.
The transparency report also revealed that, so far this year, Twitter received 3,378 requests to remove tweets for copyright infringement under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. For that reason, Twitter agreed to remove 5,275 tweets.
Following Google's model, Twitter says it will release a transparency report every six months.
Just yesterday, a US court ruling required Twitter to hand over old messages and tweets related to defendant Malcolm Harris's arrest on the October 1st Brooklyn Bridge march.