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Pakistan Govt Request to Facebook for Restricting Content Rise Sharply

Pakistan Govt Request to Facebook for Restricting Content Rise Sharply

Facebook has just released its bi-annual transparency report, which shows, among other things, all the data requests it received in the first half of this year.

Facebook also said content restrictions for violating local law soared by 304 percent year on year in the first six months of 2017, from 6,944 to 28,036. Each of those nation's administration had more than 50 percent of solicitations in truth, with the USA (85 percent), United Kingdom (90 percent) and France (74 percent) striking for higher rates. In the second half of a year ago, that figure stood at 64,276.

In July, WIPR reported that Facebook had acquired Source3, a start-up focused on the management of IP in user-generated content.

Facebook also took action against more than 300,000 counterfeit content marketed and sold across its platforms, and took down almost 150,000 pieces of trademark infringing content.

The report also contained redacted copies of five US requests for data that the company was not allowed to disclose previously due to national security concerns.

Facebook also says that 57% of the requests they got from USA law enforcement included a non-disclosure order that bans the company from telling the user that their data was requested.

The U.S., India, UK, Germany, and France were the most dynamic in making information demands, representing 41 percent, 12 percent, nine percent, seven percent and six percent of the numbers, individually.

More than 1,800 requests were so-called "emergency disclosures", which are granted to law enforcement on a case-by-case basis, and are a subject of some controversy.

Rising levels of data requests are by no means unique to Facebook - between 2013 - 2015, Google, Apple and Twitter likewise saw increases in government requests such information. "If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary", Facebook's Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby said in a blog post. About 60 percent of the reports related to suspected copyright violations on Facebook.

Facebook revealed quite an eye-popping number for the claims of counterfeits. Some 70,000 solicitations for copyright came to Instagram, with 685,000 bits of substance evacuated. Overall, Facebook restricted 20,527 pieces of content reported by Mexican authorities.