U.S. Tops In User Data Requests, India Among Least: Twitter

"Removal requests include government requests (and other complaints of illegal content from authorised reporters)" received by the networking major to remove or withhold content.

"Governments generally make removal requests for content that may be illegal in their respective jurisdictions," it said.

Russian government made the most removal requests, 17, to twitter, followed by Brazil (10), Turkey (7), Germany (4), France (3), among others.

India made a total of two requests, one by court order and the other by a government agency for removal.

Compared to its dominance in the area of data requests, the US made two requests for removal on content, both issued by courts.

Total tweets withheld by Twitter in January-June 2013 due to removal requests were 73, of which Brazil accounted for 39 followed by France (12), Russian federation (8), Japan (6) and South Korea and Netherlands five each. Tweets withheld in India were three.

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Source: PTI