Twitter Inc noticed a surge in calls for over the course of final yr from governments world wide to take down content material posted by journalists and information retailers, information to be launched by the social media platform for the primary time will present.

In its transparency report back to be printed on Wednesday and a duplicate of which was seen by Reuters, Twitter mentioned verified accounts of 199 journalists and information retailers on its platform globally have been topic to 361 authorized calls for from governments to take away content material within the second half of 2020, a rise of 26% from the primary half of the yr.

It declined to elaborate on which international locations submitted the calls for, or how most of the authorized calls for pertaining to journalists or information retailers the platform complied with.

The new particulars in Twitter’s biannual report on its enforcement of coverage guidelines and the knowledge and elimination requests it receives comes as Twitter and different social media corporations together with Facebook and Alphabet’s YouTube are dealing with scrutiny from governments world wide over the content material allowed on their platforms.

On Monday, Cuba started proscribing entry to Facebook and messaging apps like Telegram amid widespread anti-government protests. Last month, Nigeria banned Twitter’s service from the nation and ordered tv and radio stations to not use the platform to collect data.

Twitter mentioned within the report India was now the only largest supply of all data requests from governments throughout the second half of 2020, overtaking the United States, which was second within the quantity of requests.

The firm mentioned globally it obtained over 14,500 requests for data between July 1 and Dec. 31, and it produced some or the entire data in response to 30% of the requests.

Such data requests can embody governments or different entities asking for the identities of individuals tweeting below pseudonyms.

Twitter additionally obtained greater than 38,500 authorized calls for to take down numerous content material, which was down 9% from the primary half of 2020, and mentioned it complied with 29% of the calls for.

Twitter has been embroiled in a number of conflicts with international locations world wide, most notably India over the federal government’s new guidelines geared toward regulating content material on social media. Last week, the corporate mentioned it had employed an interim chief compliance officer in India and would appoint different executives with a view to adjust to the principles.

In the up to date transparency report, Twitter added that the variety of impressions, or views of a tweet, that violated Twitter’s guidelines accounted for lower than 0.1% of impressions for all tweets globally within the second half of 2020, the primary time the platform has launched such information.

Like different social media corporations, Twitter has struggled to police hate speech, misinformation and different abuses on its service, with Chief Executive Jack Dorsey among the many tech leaders who appeared in a listening to earlier than Congress in March on misinformation.

Major social media corporations have been most lately below hearth this week over racist abuse on their platforms directed at Black gamers on the England soccer workforce.


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