Pakistan’s Requests to Take Out Twitter Accounts Doubled in Six Months

Pakistan’s Requests to Take Out Twitter Accounts Doubled in Six Months

The social networking website reported that the number of requests made by Pakistani authorities to Twitter for removal of accounts and information has doubled since last year. Pakistan’s Requests to Take Out Twitter Accounts Doubled in Six Months

Between January and June 30, the government of Pakistan asked Twitter to remove 24 accounts while almost 80 accounts were reported. Nighat Dad from the Digital Rights Foundation mentioned that there has been strict monitoring of Twitter and other social networking websites.

She further explained:

Several people reported that they had received notices from the Federal Investigation Agency…regarding what they had posted on social media.

She added:

While monitoring was a reality, Pakistan was following bad examples set by its neighbors as well as countries such as the US, Russia and Turkey.

The aim of the published report is to highlight trends in legal requests received by Twitter. It provides an awareness into whether or not the website took any action on the requests made.

Pakistan’s Requests to Take Out Twitter Accounts Doubled in Six Months

It iss reported that India had two account removal requests from the court and more than 100 from the government. This happened from January to June this year.

The highest number of court-ordered removals originated from Turkey this year that were 715 requests. The requests to remove accounts from the government were 1,995. The highest number of accounts reported from Turkey were 9,289.

The highest number of accounts reported from Russia were 1,225 in which 1,213 requests to remove accounts made by the government.

Similarly, the highest number of accounts reported from France were 1,177 in which 1,038 requests to remove accounts came from the government.

Turkey also had the highest number of accounts suspended at 204, followed by Russia at 87, while Pakistan and India had none. Russia took the lead in tweets withheld at 566, followed by Turkey at 497.

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