U.S., Turkey Lead Global Increase in Government Twitter Requests

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The U.S. and Turkey lead the world when it comes to requests for information on Twitter users, according to the company's most recent transparency report. Overall, the social media network saw a 40 percent increase worldwide in government requests for data over the last six months of 2014. The U.S. government was responsible for 56 percent of all requests, which is actually down from last year's 61 percent. Turkey overtook Japan for the second spot on the list with 12 percent of all requests. But Turkey led the world when it came to requests to remove tweets. In that category, Turkey's requests increased by 156 percent to a total of 477, followed by Russia and Germany, who made 91 and 43 such requests, respectively. That shouldn't surprise people monitoring the political situation in Turkey, where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would "eradicate Twitter" in the run-up to elections in March. Globally, requests to take down content from Twitter were up 348 percent since the company released its last report.



— Keith Wagstaff