Compared to the first half of 2016, where the number of requests stood at 6,324, this is almost a 55 per cent jump for 2017.
U.S. government requests for Facebook user data were more than double the 16,823 Google received in the period. Rightsholders can send takedown requests for unauthorised uses to a team of Facebook content analysts. "Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague", the social media firm said in a statement.
"This time data regarding reports from rights holders related to intellectual property (IP) - covering copyright, trademark, and counterfeit", states the blog post written by Facebook Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby.
Facebook has published five previously undisclosed National Security Letters (NSLs) in its report, too.
Even though Facebook has 241 million active users in India compared with 240 million in the USA, the company received 57% of the data requests we received from law enforcement in the U.S. contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user. Next was India with 12 percent, then the United Kingdom (9 percent), Germany (7 percent), and France (6 percent).
Numerous requests were from police forces investigating crimes or responding to emergencies. That number's also up, from 50 percent in the previous report.
Facebook also revealed that there were 52 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries in the first half of 2017, compared to 43 such instances in 20 countries in the second half of 2016. We continue to be deeply concerned by internet disruptions, which can create barriers for businesses and prevent people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends. Facebook says it restricted 1,228 pieces of content in response to the request.