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Twitter sees jump in government demands to remove content of journalists, news outlets

July 14

Twitter Inc noticed a surge in calls for over the course of final 12 months from governments around the globe to take down content material posted by journalists and news shops, knowledge to be launched by the social media platform for the primary time will present.

In its transparency report back to be revealed on Wednesday and a duplicate of which was seen by Reuters, Twitter stated verified accounts of 199 journalists and news shops on its platform globally had been topic to 361 authorized calls for from governments to take away content material within the second half of 2020, a rise of 26 per cent from the primary half of the 12 months.

It declined to elaborate on which nations submitted the calls for, or how most of the authorized calls for pertaining to journalists or news shops the platform complied with.

The brand new particulars in Twitter’s biannual report on its enforcement of coverage guidelines and the data and elimination requests it receives comes as Twitter and different social media firms together with Fb and Alphabet’s YouTube are dealing with scrutiny from governments around the globe over the content material allowed on their platforms.

On Monday, Cuba started limiting entry to Fb and messaging apps like Telegram amid widespread anti-government protests. Final month, Nigeria banned Twitter’s service from the nation and ordered tv and radio stations to not use the platform to assemble data.

Twitter stated within the report India was now the one largest supply of all data requests from governments in the course of the second half of 2020, overtaking the USA, which was second within the quantity of requests.

The corporate stated globally it acquired over 14,500 requests for data between July 1 and December 31, and it produced some or all the data in response to 30 per cent of the requests.

Such data requests can embody governments or different entities asking for the identities of individuals tweeting underneath pseudonyms.

Twitter additionally acquired greater than 38,500 authorized calls for to take down numerous content material, which was down 9 per cent from the primary half of 2020, and stated it complied with 29 per cent of the calls for.

Twitter has been embroiled in a number of conflicts with nations around the globe, most notably India over the federal government’s new guidelines aimed toward regulating content material on social media. Final week, the corporate stated it had employed an interim chief compliance officer in India and would appoint different executives with a view to adjust to the principles.

Within the up to date transparency report, Twitter added that the variety of impressions, or views of a tweet, that violated Twitter’s guidelines accounted for lower than 0.1 per cent of impressions for all tweets globally within the second half of 2020, the primary time the platform has launched such knowledge.

Like different social media firms, Twitter has struggled to police hate speech, misinformation and different abuses on its service, with Chief Govt Jack Dorsey among the many tech leaders who appeared in a listening to earlier than Congress in March on misinformation.

Main social media firms had been most lately underneath hearth this week over racist abuse on their platforms directed at Black gamers on the England soccer workforce.

—  Reuters

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