Twitter: Information Please
Twitter just released their fifth Transparency Report and the big news is that requests for information, content removal and copyright violations are on the rise. And we’re not just talking about a little bump. In the first half of 2014, Twitter saw a 46% increase in requests for account information. Those requests came from 54 countries and include 8 countries that haven’t requested information before.
Content removal requests are up 14%. Copyright takedown requests are up 38%.
Part of this growth is coming from the fact that there’s just a lot more content on Twitter now than there was a year ago. I also think officials are finally realizing the power of social media. Comments that would have been ignored a few years ago are now being taken seriously.
Is this a bad thing? Not yet, but it’s still early.
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