FG requests Facebook user data of Nigerians

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Compared to the first half of 2016, where the number of requests stood at 6,324, this is almost a 55 per cent jump for 2017.

Facebook's report includes requests for user data from Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram accounts. "We'll also keep working with partners in industry and civil society to encourage governments around the world to reform surveillance in a way that protects their citizens' safety and security while respecting their rights and freedoms", said Chris Sonderby, deputy general counsel at Facebook. The percentage increased 21% globally, from 64,279 to 78,890.

The report did not say if any request was made for termination of any account.

Facebook's Transparency report 2017: Over 9,690 requests were regarding legal process with the government and they asked for access to 13,490 user accounts.

The latest report has revealed the number of data requests is on the up, with substantial increases from authorities in the US, UK, France and Germany.

Since 2013, when the company first started providing data on government requests, the U.S. number has been steadily rising-it has roughly tripled in a period of four years. Facebook has revealed to respond around 63% of total requests.

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"We continue to carefully scrutinise each request we receive for account data - whether from an authority in the US, Europe, or elsewhere - to make sure it is legally sufficient".

Preservation requests, entail taking steps to safeguard accounts relating to criminal cases.

When it came to content restrictions, these requests were made to Facebook from law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) within the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. In comparison, the company restricted the content for violating local law 28,000 times. The number of these requests was 1,228.

Social media company Facebook has revealed it removed almost 3 million posts in the first half of 2017 following IP infringement complaints.

The informal organization initially presented the reports, which give crude figures on information solicitations and information in truth, in 2013 to help build permeability on government conduct. Facebook said 217,265 of substance in its informal community were expelled after it followed up on 81 percent of 14,279 claims in the principal half of the year.

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