Twitter transparency report shows takedown statistics

Twitter released its first Twitter Transparency Report on Monday. The report's close proximity to Independence Day in the United States is no coincidence, as Twitter cited the necessary reminder that governments should be held accountable, "especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves."

The transparency report, announced on Twitter's official blog, was inspired by those published by Google, and Twitter's version focuses on three categories of requests: government requests for information on users, government requests to withhold content, and DMCA takedown notices from copyright holders.

While Twitter explicitly stated that the data in the report is not 100% accurate, the data sheds revealing light on the global trends for removal and information requests. The company received more government requests from January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012 (the span of this first report) than in the entirety of 2011. According to the report data, Twitter did not comply with any removal requests from governments. However, 63% of user information requests from governments were complied with, with the United States leading the number of requests at 679.

Another observation is that, at least for now, copyright takedown notices far exceed user information requests and content removal requests from government entities.

Twitter's transparency reports will be updated twice per year.

Source: Twitter Transparency Report
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The UK is truly a police state. I've never seen so many cameras tracking everybody 24/7. You guys have done the ultimate takedown request. Censoring the Internet (tpb). You guys are in the company of awesome communist countries like China. Congrats. At least you got Top Gear!

what a disgrace for USA. founded on the principles of liberty we're not a freakign police state the likes of which the world has never seen. tomorrow is the 4th of july. one wonders if it is worth celbrating the principles of the declaration of idependance as we have to bow down to this all powerful "king' we call "security".

neonspark said,
what a disgrace for USA. founded on the principles of liberty we're not a freakign police state the likes of which the world has never seen. tomorrow is the 4th of july. one wonders if it is worth celbrating the principles of the declaration of idependance as we have to bow down to this all powerful "king' we call "security".

yeah how dare a company based in the USA request that something that infringes on their property be taken down! this is obviously the US Gov trying to take away our freedom to steal, cheat and use without rights!

seriously, you know not every DCMA request comes under the guise of "security" when almost all them are links to pirated media, or just plain defamatory comments

Neowin has had loads of takedown requests from the USA and I'm not surprised at all seeing as things like Windows and Microsoft products come from there (as well as Apple) etc. I bet a lot of those are due to that sort of thing.

LAMj said,
USA USA USA!!!

This is not the time when shouting USA three times is a good thing... Just means your precious USA has become a police state where privacy is now a myth...

USA USA USA!!

-=MagMan=- said,

This is not the time when shouting USA three times is a good thing... Just means your precious USA has become a police state where privacy is now a myth...

USA USA USA!!

-=MagMan=- said,

This is not the time when shouting USA three times is a good thing... Just means your precious USA has become a police state where privacy is now a myth...

-=MagMan=- said,

This is not the time when shouting USA three times is a good thing... Just means your precious USA has become a police state where privacy is now a myth...

"now" a myth? It's been a myth for dozens of years.

America is a terrible country to live in if you care about your health, free speech and privacy. It's nowhere near as bad as places like North Korea (not even close), but it's still a country where you're given the illusion of freedom and in reality all the big corporations and government are controlling everything and spying on everyone. Hell, even some corporations control the government (*cough* Monsanto *cough*).

The whole system is corrupt here and it's why I want to live in another country, but no, I'm stuck here due to the economic crash which my family (and relatives) STILL has not recovered from.