Meta says it received 55,497 requests from the Indian government for user data


With 55,497 requests, India was once again second only to the US in asking Meta to provide user data in the first half of this year, and the social network added up to 597 items in India in response to IT ministry directives. Access restricted. reporting period.

In the second half of 2021, India made 50,382 requests for user data from Meta.

According to Meta, access to 597 items was restricted for violating Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, which included content prejudicial to the security of the state and public order.

Meta also banned six items in response to directions from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for violation of Rule 16 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021.

“We have restricted access in India to 23 items reported by the Election Commission of India related to election complaints under the Indian Penal Code, the Representation of the People Act, including candidate spreading misinformation and communal violence,” Meta said in its latest transparency report. incitement to violence.”

Of these, 19 items were only temporarily (during specified blackout periods) banned in the country.

“We restricted access to 71 items due to other court orders, 13 items for IP infringement, and two items in response to private reports of defamation,” the company said.

As the Center notified amendments to the new IT rules, 2021, to put more obligations on social media platforms, Meta removed over 30.7 million bad content across 13 policies for Facebook and 12 policies for Instagram in India. removed over 3 million pieces of such material. in September.

According to Meta, during the first six months of 2022, global government requests for user data increased by 10.5 percent from 214,777 to 237,414.

In total volume, the US continues to submit the largest number of requests, followed by India, Germany, Brazil, France and the UK.

“In the US, we received 69,363 requests, which was a 15.6 percent increase over the total received in the second half of 2021,” Meta said.

During this reporting period, the amount of content restrictions based on local law increased 75 percent globally from 50,959 in the second half of 2021 to 89,368 in the first half of 2022.

“In the first half of 2022, we identified 64 disruptions to Facebook services in 15 countries, compared to 38 disruptions in 12 countries in the second half of 2021,” Meta said.


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