US government requests for Twitter user data drop 6%

CNET | 5/9/2019 | Steven Musil
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Twitter said Thursday that requests for user data from the US government declined 6% in the second half of 2018 compared with the previous reporting period.

The social media giant received 6,904 requests for information about users on 11,112 accounts, Twitter said in its latest transparency report. Twitter said it supplied information on 56% of the requests.

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The US made the most requests for user data during the period, accounting for roughly one-third of all queries: 2,092 requests for data on 3,860 accounts.

Twitter also said it suspended more than 166,000 accounts for activities related to terrorism, a 19% decline from the previous reporting period. Twitter credited its internal tools with flagging 91 percent of the accounts.

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"The trend we are observing year-on-year is a steady decrease in terrorist organizations attempting to use our service," Twitter said in its report. "This is due to zero-tolerance policy enforcement that has allowed us to take swift action on ban evaders and other identified forms of behavior used by terrorist entities and their affiliates. In the majority...
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