US Government Requests Private Twitter Data More Than Any Other Country [Transparency Report]


US Government Twitter Data Requests

The United States government makes more requests for Twitter user data than any other country in the world. That was the discovery made on Wednesday by Twitter’s biannual transparency report that focused on the first half of 2012.

According to the social network Twitter was asked for various pieces of information but the report focused on copyright and content removal requests received over a six-month span between January and June of 2012.

The social network says of the 849 government-issued user information requests made in 2012, the United States topped the chart at 679. In a very distant second place was Japan with 98 requests followed by Canada and the United Kingdom with just 11 requests each.

In at least some of the requests multiple Twitter accounts were targeted.

The report also found that in 75% of the US requests the data was handed over to officials.

Twitter follows its own strict guidelines for releasing user data but recently the social network was forced by court order to provide deleted tweet data access from an Occupy Wall Street protesters account.

The amount of requested information should serve as a warning to social network users who have long believed their private tweets and deleted messages were under their own control.

Here is a graph showcasing the Twitter data requests based on country of origin:

US Government Twitter Data Requests


James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.

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