Government requests for Twitter users' data on the rise
SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Twitter is under increasing pressure from governments around the world to release user's private information, with requests rising 40 percent in the first six months of the year, the microblogging company said in its semi-annual transparency report.
The United States made three-quarters of the 1,157 data requests during the six-month period, according to the San Francisco-based company's report on Wednesday. (Report: https: transparency.twitter.com/)
Governments usually want the emails or IP addresses tied to a Twitter account.
In one well-known case, a French court ordered Twitter in February to turn over information about an anonymous account that posted anti-Semitic tweets. Twitter, which had initially resisted by arguing that the data was stored beyond French jurisdiction in its California servers, ultimately complied in June.