The Indian government requested Facebook to provide data for 20,805 users (including 861 emergency requests) – second only to the US government – in the July-December 2018 period and the social networking giant provided some data in 53 per cent of the cases.
During the second half of 2018, the volume of content restrictions based on local law increased globally by 135 per cent – from 15,337 to 35,972.
“This increase was primarily driven by 16,600 items we restricted in India based on a Delhi High Court order regarding claims made about PepsiCo products,” said Facebook in its latest Transparency Report for the second half of 2018.
The US government asked for users’ data in 41,336 cases wherein Facebook provided some information in 88 per cent of the cases.
“In the second half of 2018, government requests for user data increased globally by seven per cent from 103,815 to 110,634,” Chris Sonderby, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook, said in a statement late Thursday.
“Of the total volume, the US continues to submit the highest number of requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France,” he added.
In a separate post, Facebook said it removed more than three billion fake accounts in the October 2018-March 2019 period, saying that about 5 per cent of its monthly active users were fake.
It said Facebook disabled 1.2 billion accounts in Q4 2018 and 2.19 billion in Q1 2019. “For fake accounts, the amount of accounts we took action on increased due to automated attacks by bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president for integrity, said in a blog post.
According to Rosen, for every 10,000 times people who view content on Facebook, 11 to 14 views contained content that violate the platform’s adult nudity and sexual activity policy.
In the second half of 2018, Facebook identified 53 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries, compared to 48 disruptions in eight nations in the first half of 2018.
“This half, India accounted for 85 per cent of total new global disruptions,” the company informed.
In this period, on Facebook and Instagram, the company took down 2,595,410 pieces of content based on 511,706 copyright reports; 215,877 pieces of content based on 81,243 trademark reports; and 781,875 pieces of content based on 62,829 counterfeit reports. “In Q1 2019, we took action on about 900,000 pieces of drug sale content, of which 83.3 per cent we detected pro-actively. In the same period, we took action on about 670,000 pieces of firearm sale content, of which 69.9 per cent we detected pro-actively,” added Rosen.