Apr 27, 2017

Government asking Facebook for even more data

Noah Berger / AP

Facebook is out today with its twice-yearly report on government requests for account data. Here's what they say about requests in the United States in the second half of 2016:

  • Requests for U.S. data rose nine percent, from 23,854 requests to 26,014 in the back half of the year. Total requests were also up year-over-year. (It's worth noting that the company also consistently adds users.)
  • The total share of requests where the company provided some data to the government increased 2.81% to 83.46%.

The bigger picture: The numbers in the U.S. align with the rest of the world — the company says requests were up nine percent globally.

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