Facebook: Pakistan Government Request for User Data Increases Abruptly

Facebook: Pakistan Government Request for User Data Increases Abruptly

The social media giant, Facebook revealed that Government requests for user data account data rose by  9% globally in the second half of 2016. This is a big increased as compared to first half of the year. The most dramatic trend is observed in Pakistan. In Pakistan total requests increased to 40 % from July 2016 to December 2016. This is also a great increase within six months. Facebook: Pakistan Government Request for User Data Increases Abruptly.

According to Facebook the total number of request made by Pakistani Government is 1002 out of 1431 in the Q2 of 2016. The social networking website also provided information on the number of account preservation requests by Pakistan – 442 cases.

Facebook: Pakistan Government Request for User Data Increases Abruptly

The Social site has restricted access to total 6 pages fro violating local laws. This number is lesser than for first half of 2016 when it restricted 25 pages.

Facebook revealed in Statement:

“Based on legal requests from the Pakistan Telecom Authority, we restricted access to content for allegedly violating local laws prohibiting blasphemy, desecration of the national flag, and condemnation of the country’s independence,”

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For the very first time the social media giant has provided internet disruptions in the country.

Facebook said:

For the first time, we’re also including information about internet disruptions that impacted access to Facebook products and services during the half

In Pakistan just one incident of disruption is seen. The disruption affecting access to Facebook products and services was took place in November 2016. The disruption was restricted to specific regions and coincided with the observance of the chelum of Imam Hussain (RA).

Government requests for account data globally rose to 64,279 from 59,229 and more than half request the US contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited the social networking website from notifying users.

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