Fb obtained 173,592 authorities requests for consumer information within the first half of 2020
Facebook published its semi-annual transparency report for the first half of 2020 on Thursday, which also includes the Community Standards Enforcement Report.
Chris Sonderby, vice president and assistant general counsel, said in a newsroom post on Thursday that the company received 173,592 government requests for user data in the first six months of the year, up 23% from 140,875 in the second half of 2019.
Most inquiries came from the US – 61,528, up 20% over the last six months of last year – followed by India, Germany, France and the UK.
Sonderby wrote: “We will only comply with government requests for user information if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so. In addition, we check that a request is compatible with internationally recognized standards for human rights, including due process, data protection, freedom of expression and the rule of law. We do not provide governments with direct access or “back doors” to information from individuals. We believe that deliberately weakening our services in this way would undermine the security necessary to protect our users. "
Facebook reported a 40% global increase in content restrictions due to local laws to 22,120 from 15,826 in the second half of last year, part of the increase due to restrictions related to Covid-19.
Sonderby said there were 52 disruptions to Facebook services in nine countries in the first six months of 2020, up from 45 in six countries in the last six months of 2019.
Eventually, Facebook removed 3,616,817 pieces of content based on 659,444 copyright reports. 404,078 content based on 166,310 brand reports; and 1,308,834 content based on 97,186 fake reports during the reporting period.
Sonderby attributed some of these increases to advances in social networking technology, including the Rights Manager tool.