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Pakistan’s requests to remove Twitter accounts doubled in six months: report – Pakistan


KARACHI: The variety of requests made by Pakistani authorities to Twitter for removing of accounts and knowledge has doubled since final yr, in line with a bi-annual transparency report of the social networking web site.

Between January and June 30, the federal government requested Twitter to take away 24 accounts, and over 80 accounts had been reported, with zero compliance.

In keeping with Nighat Dad from the Digital Rights Basis, there was strict monitoring of Twitter and different social networking web sites since some bloggers disappeared earlier this yr.

Turkey leads with highest variety of requires accounts’ removing and knowledge

“A number of folks reported that that they had acquired notices from the Federal Investigation Company…concerning what that they had posted on social media,” she stated, including that whereas monitoring was a actuality, Pakistan was following dangerous examples set by its neighbours in addition to international locations such because the US, Russia and Turkey.

The report, accessible on the web site, is geared toward highlighting developments in authorized requests acquired by Twitter, mental property-related requests and e-mail privateness practices. It gives an perception into whether or not or not the web site took any motion on the requests made.

In keeping with the report, removing requests embrace worldwide authorized requests Twitter acquired from governments and authorised reporters in search of removing of or withholding content material.

It claimed that from January to June this yr, India had two account removing requests from the court docket [Pakistan had none] and greater than 100 from the federal government.

Final yr, India had one court-ordered account removing request, 96 by the federal government and businesses whereas 295 accounts had been reported. Pakistan had zero court docket requests, 13 account removing requests made by the federal government and businesses whereas solely 19 accounts had been reported.

The very best variety of court-ordered removals this yr got here from Turkey (715) whereas requests to take away accounts from the federal government stood at 1,995, adopted by Russia (1,213) and France (1,038).

The very best variety of accounts was reported from Turkey at 9,289, adopted by Russia (1,225) and France (1,177).

Turkey additionally had the very best variety of accounts withheld at 204, adopted by Russia at 87, whereas Pakistan and India had none. Russia took the lead in tweets withheld at 566, adopted by Turkey at 497.

Revealed in Daybreak, September 25th, 2017

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