U.S. Tops Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) Gov’t Request For User Data In 2H2014

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has revealed in their Government Request Report that the United States government sent the most government requests for user data during the second half of 2014.

The data was part of an announcement by Monika Bickert, head of global policy management, and Chris Sonderby, deputy general counsel, of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) as part of the company clarifying their community standards and approach to government requests.

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According to the data published by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), the U.S. made 14,274 requestss for user data referencing 21,731 accounts during the second half of last year. This is slightly down from 15,433 requests referencing 23,667 accounts during the first half of last year.

The social network’s report also revealed that 79.14% of requests resulted in some data produced while zero content restrictions were made. That’s slightly down from 80.15% and zero respectively for the U.S. government during the first half of the year.

“We publish this information because we want people to know the extent and nature of the requests we receive from governments and the policies we have in place to process them,” Bickert and Sonderby wrote in the announcement.

In the top 10 were India (5,473 requests), United Kingdom (2,366), Germany (2,132), France (2,094), Italy (1,774), Brazil (1,212), Australia (829), Spain (500) and Argentina (482).

When it comes to content restrictions, India and Turkey were way ahead of other countries with 5,832 and 3,624 restrictions in the second half of 2014 respectively. The third place is Germany with a distant 60 content restrictions.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s government report transparency report was part of a series of information drive the social network has made over the weekend. Bickert’s and Sonderby’s post also linked to an updated Community Standards page which clarified the site’s nudity content policy among other things.

Israel Englander’s Millennium Management owned about 3.08 million Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) shares by the end of the 2014.

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