While the Indian government and law enforcement agencies requested for some information on 13,752 user accounts, Facebook produced "some data" in 54% of the cases in the January-June 2017 period. Of the data requests submitted by United States law enforcement, 57 per cent also contained non-discloser orders, meaning that Facebook was prohibited from notifying the user. According to the social networking giant, the request for account data surged 21% across the globe, compared to the latter half of 2016. In comparison, the company restricted the content for violating local law 28,000 times.
Facebook also received preservation requests, which ask that certain account records be saved, especially for matters of official criminal investigations for 90 days pending the receipt of the formal legal process.
In the first half of 2017, Facebook received 224,464 copyright reports about content on Facebook, 41,854 trademark reports, and 14,279 counterfeit reports. The Transparency Report, which covers H1 2017, reveals that requests increased 33 per cent year-on-year and 21 per cent half-on-half, hitting 78,890.
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There has also been a slight increase in the percentage of requests that have prompted data to be disclosed. So, we scrutinize each request for legal sufficiency, no matter which country is making the request, and challenge those that are deficient or overly broad. Facebook restricted access in Mexico to 20,506 posts of the video in the first half of 2017 alone. This number is up a whopping 50% from previous year, with Facebook adding that there has been a massive 304% increase in the number of content restrictions around violating local law. We continue to be deeply concerned by internet disruptions, which can create barriers for businesses and prevent people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends.
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Facebook removed 1,818,794 posts due to copyright infringement from the site in that period, and 685,996 posts from Instagram because of copyright infringement. On Instagram, it took action against 108,094 posts following 10,231 counterfeit claims.