Facebook reveals data on copyright and trademark complaints

Facebook law enforcement takedowns quadrupled in six months because of a school shooting video

Government requests for Facebook user data continue to increase worldwide

Facebook has revealed in its latest transparency report that government requests for user data shot up by 33 percent year on year to 78,990 in the first half of 2017.

Law enforcement authorities are permitted to confidentially request personal data from Facebook to obtain account details ranging from IP addresses, photos, messages, credit card details and email addresses.

Transparency reports, introduced by Facebook in 2013, offer raw figures on data requests submitted by governments, and requests granted.

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The number of data requests made by the U.S. Government on Facebook users surged 26 percent int eh first half of 2017 versus the last six months of 2016.

As part of the transparency report, Facebook also showed government requests for account data, content restrictions and internet disruptions.

The massive purge surge primarily stems from one video of a January school shooting in Monterrey, Mexico. So, we scrutinize each request for legal sufficiency, no matter which country is making the request, and challenge those that are deficient or overly broad.

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"Fifty-seven per cent of the data requests we received from law enforcement in the USA contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user, up from 50 per cent in our last report", the company said in a Facebook post announcing the report. For instance, in order for United States law enforcement to compel the disclosure of messages, photos and location information, they must provide a valid search warrant and have "probable cause".

Facebook has also introduced more accountability on IP-related content requests - over 200,000 copyright requests were submitted related to Facebook content over the period, with 68 percent actioned on and 1.8 million pieces of content taken down.

Social media company Facebook has revealed it removed almost 3 million posts in the first half of 2017 following IP infringement complaints. To access more basic information, such as names and email addresses, only a valid subpoena in connection with an official investigation is required. More than 110,000 bits of Facebook content was expelled for trademark encroachment, with more than 37,000 expelled from Instagram. On Instagram, it made a move against 108,094 posts following 10,231 fake cases.

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