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Facebook slams infringing content in first half of 2017

20 December, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Lydia Fleming
  • Facebook law enforcement takedowns quadrupled in six months because of a school shooting video

Facebook has announced the release of a report that reveals the federal government (FG) requested user data of Nigerians on the social media platform five times in the first half of 2017.

The ninth Facebook transparency report also showed that government requests for information about users increased 21 percent worldwide compared with the second half of 2016, from 64,279 to 78,890. The majority of content restricted was alleged to violate local laws relating to defamation of religion and hate speech added the company. Around 54% of these requests had some data produced. For the second half of 2016, content was restricted only around 7000 times, suggesting a fourfold increase in the takedown requests, notes The Verge.

Law enforcement authorities are permitted to confidentially request personal data from Facebook to obtain account details ranging from IP addresses, photos, messages, credit card details and email addresses. She was broadcasting her confrontation on Facebook, and police asked the company to shut down her account, saying that other users were egging her on. 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. Previously it was called the Government Requests Report, but it's since been renamed as it now also includes data regarding intellectual property requests. Facebook said 217,265 of substance in its informal community were expelled after it followed up on 81 percent of 14,279 claims in the principal half of the year.


Facebook also revealed that there were 52 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries in the first half of 2017, compared to 43 such instances in 20 countries in the second half of 2016. Facebook suggested these shutdowns can create barriers for businesses and prevent people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends. This year has seen disruptions to WhatsApp, which is one of the biggest and most popular apps in the Indian market. Around 70,000 requests were sent to Instagram, and 685,000 pieces of content were removed. On Instagram, it made a move against 108,094 posts following 10,231 fake cases.

Facebook also took action against more than 300,000 counterfeit content marketed and sold across its platforms, and took down almost 150,000 pieces of trademark infringing content.

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