Twitter says government info requests on the rise
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Government requests for Twitter user information is on the rise, the messaging service said as it released figures while pressing for more transparency.
"Over the past 24 months, we've received a 66 per cent increase in requests for account information coming from more than 45 different countries impacting over 6,400 accounts around the world," Twitter's global legal policy manager Jeremy Kessel said in a blog posting on Thursday.
"The majority of global government requests for account information still come from the US government (59 per cent in the latest report)."
Twitter said it got 833 information requests in the United States in the last six months of 2013, including 100 "emergency" requests. These affected some 1,300 accounts, and Twitter provided some information in 69 per cent of these cases, the company said in its "transparency report". The global total was 1,410 requests, up from 849 in its first report in early 2012.