US leads government demands for Twitter user data
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) - Twitter revealed on Wednesday that government demands for information about users rose in the first half of this year, with US authorities accounting for more than three-quarters of the requests.
Governments submitted a total of 1,157 requests for information about Twitter accounts, with 78 per cent of those queries coming from the United States, according to a transparency report issued by the globally popular one-to-many text messaging service.
Twitter reported that it gave US authorities what they sought in 67 per cent of the cases.
Japan was second when it came to requesting information from Twitter during the first six months of 2012, accounting for eight percent of the total.