Facebook Denies Giving User Data To Turkish Authorities

Facebook Privacy Data and Turkey Officials

Facebook on Wednesday adamantly denied that it was handing over data to the Turkish government.

The social network was forced to go on the defensive after a Turkish government minister claimed Facebook was “in cooperation with the state.”

When asked if Twitter was also handing over date the minister said Twitter was outright refusing to cooperate.

With users led to believe that Facebook was being more lax with user data then its micro-blogging competitor the social network released the following statement:

“Facebook has not provided user data to Turkish authorities in response to government requests relating to the protests. More generally, we reject all government data requests from Turkish authorities and push them to formal legal channels unless it appears that there is an immediate threat to life or a child, which has been the case in only a small fraction of the requests we have received.

We are concerned about legislative proposals that might purport to require Internet companies to provide user information to Turkish law enforcement authorities more frequently. We will be meeting with representatives of the Turkish government when they visit Silicon Valley this week, and we intend to communicate our strong concerns about these proposals directly at that time.”

Twitter isn’t exactly out of the water, a report from Reuters suggests that government officials in Turkey are attempting to lure Twitter to open an office in the country. If Twitter established a brick and mortar location the network could end up handing over data.



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