Facebook Government Requests Report – India Leads In Number Of Content Restrictions

India has the highest number of restricted contents on Facebook second only to USA although no contents were restricted in the USA as compared to 4960 pieces of content blocked in India.

According to Facebook report for the responses to data request made for valid criminal cases and other content deemed illegal , India has made around 4559 requests for 5958 users/accounts in the span of January to June 2014.
Facebook report also mentions that they have restricted access in India to 4960 pieces of content reported primarily by law enforcement officials and the India Computer Emergency Response Team under local laws prohibiting criticism of a religion or the state. Only half of the requests made had sufficient data produced along with it.
Every request that Facebook receives is checked for legal issues and in case of lack of information in the report, Facebook asks for greater specificity of information in the requests.

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Facebook requests India
India is second in number of or requests made only to the USA which has 15433 requests made for 23667 users/accounts. Although 80% of these requests had some data produced along with them, no content were ever restricted by Facebook in the USA.
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Facebook requests In the USA
Facebook also mentions that most requests for user data by government officials come as a part of official investigations including kidnaps and murder. Such requests seek for basic subscriber information, such as name and length of service. Other requests have asked for IP address logs or actual account content. In case of restricting content, most government requests are checked for legality pertaining to local laws. Non-government entities such as NGOs also request for restriction to access certain content that are identified as illegal.

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