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According to a recent transparency report from Facebook, the company says it has received requests from India government to place details on 62,754 user accounts, and there were about 2435 emergency disclosure requests. Data was produced in about 52% of the requests, Facebook said.

It further says the prevalence of hate speech on Facebook continues to decrease. Guy Rosen, VP, integrity at Facebook wrote that due to improvements in its ‘proactive detection technology’, Facebook took action on 8.8 million pieces of bullying and harassment content, up from 6.3 million in Q4 2020 and 5.5 million pieces of bullying and harassment content, up from 5 million in Q4 2020.

In its latest transparency report, Facebook said that it has received 40,300 requests from the Indian government for user data in the second half of 2020. This was 13.3% higher from the January-June 2020 period when India had made 35,560 total requests.

As per the report, out of 40,300 total requests made in the July-December 2020 period, 37,865 were legal process requests and 2,435 were emergency disclosure requests. The number of total requests made by India ranked second to the US, which had made 61,262 requests during the July-December 2020 period.

Globally, government requests for user data increased by about 10% to 1,91,013 in the second half of 2020 from 1,73,592 in the first half of 2020. Information related to 62,754 users/accounts were requested in India, and some data was produced for 52% of the requests.

“Facebook responds to government requests for data in accordance with applicable law and our terms of service. Each and every request we receive is carefully reviewed for legal sufficiency and we may reject or require greater specificity on requests that appear overly broad or vague,” Facebook said.

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