The requests Twitter has received during the first half of the year from
governments around the world to release user's private information have been increased by 40 percent, the microblogging company said Wednesday.
According to Twitter's its semi-annual transparency report
the United States made three-quarters of the 1,157 data requests during the
In the first half of the year, authorities in Japan, another large Twitter user
base, made 87 requests while U.K. agencies filed 26. The majority of the
requests come in the form of court-issued subpoenas, Twitter said.
Governments usually want the emails or IP addresses tied to a Twitter account.
Twitter was also censored the most in Brazil, where courts issued orders on nine
occasions to remove a total of 39 defamatory tweets.
The report did not include secret information requests within the United Sates
authorized under the Patriot Act, a law enacted after the September 11 attacks.