Twitter: Governments request more user data, tweet removals


BLOOMBERG: Russia, Turkey and the United States governments requested information be taken down from the social media site in the second half of 2014.

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BLOOMBERG: Russia, Turkey and the United States governments requested information be taken down from the social media site in the second half of 2014.

In its twice-yearly transparency report, Twitter said it received 84 percent more requests for content removal and 40 percent more requests for account information from governments worldwide from July 1 to Dec. 31, compared with the first six months of the year.

The report is part of a broader effort by the San Francisco-based company to shed light on government surveillance of its members. Twitter last year filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, claiming that restrictions on the information the company makes public about surveillance demands violate free-speech rights.

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