Twitter Releases First Transparency Report, Canada Ranks Third for Most Requests

by Knowlton Thomas | Culture

Microblogging platform Twitter has published its first-ever transparency report, similar to Google's, which reveals which national governments are issuing requests.

The Canadian government was tied with the UK for the third-most active out of the 23 countries who made requests with 11 requests from January 1 to June 1 this year.

But the US, with nearly 700 requests for almost 1,000 Twitter accounts, accounted for 80% of all requests.

Japan ranked second with 98 requests targeting just under 150 accounts.

Twitter says it complied with only 18% of Canada's requests, or just two of the 11.

Twitter chooses not to comply with some government requests for various reasons, such as not identifying specific Twitter accounts, making requests that are overly broad, or when users challenge the requests (Twitter most of the time notifies users when they are targets of government requests).

Several countries, including Mexico, India, and Italy, saw none of their requests complied with. But the US, with its 679 requests, saw the highest percentage of compliance at 75%.

Much like with Google's transparency report, the main goal of Twitter's is to "shed more light on government requests received for user information, government requests received to withhold content, and DMCA takedown notices received from copyright holders."

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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