Rise in S'pore govt requests for Facebook to preserve records for probes

The increase in requests is due to the significant rise in cybercrime, including online scams and cyber extortion. PHOTO: REUTERS
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SINGAPORE - A total of 687 requests were made by the Singapore Government to preserve records of 1,630 users on social media platforms owned by Facebook from January to June this year for criminal investigations - almost 10 times the number over the same period last year.

There were 72 such requests covering 117 accounts in the first half of last year and 288 requests involving 357 accounts in the second half, said the social media giant in a transparency report published last week.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.