India's Largest Single Source Of Govt Inquiries: Twitter

India’s largest source….Twitter published a transparency report that stated that India represented 25 percent of global volumes as the biggest source of government requests for information in the second half of 2020.

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According to the report, during July-December 2020 India accounted for 25% of global request volumes and 15% of global accounts.

During that period, 38,524 legal requests were received on Twitter to remove content from 131,933 accounts.

In response to those requirements, in reply to 29 per cent of these global legal demands Twitter rejected or otherwise deleted some or all of the reporting content.

‘We have undergone serious global challenges, including the pandemic of coronavirus, over the past year and continue to them.

We also saw governments working together to limit the general access to the Internet and Twitter,” said the company on a blog.

The compliance rate for government information requests for the period June-December was 30% worldwide.

The second largest volume of requests for information came from the United States, representing 22% of global requests for information. The United States (34%), followed by Japan (17%) and Korea submitting the highest volume of Global Emergency Requests (16 per cent).

Moreover, only five countries – Japan, India, Russia, Turkey and South Korea – accounted for 94% of global legal demands.

Twitter also said that the accounts of 199 verified journalists and global news agencies had 361 legal applications, an increase of 26 percent from the January to June period.

The company observed that while the total number of lawsuits fell 9% over the previous reporting period, it sought to remove content from the ‘largest number of accounts ever in a single reporting period,’ the requests received during July-December.

Vinay Prakash was recently named by Twitter as the Indian Resident Officer in Grievance.

For the past few months Twitter has been working with the Indian Government to resolve new changes to new information technology laws in the country, which have led to the loss of its intermediary and user-generated content by means of the microblogging platform.

In accordance with amended IT rules, social media and streaming enterprises are required to quickly remove contested content and appoint country-based grievance redress officers to handle and assisted in the investigation of government-flagged online content.

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