Facebook has released the second Global Government Requests Report which shows the number of data requests made along with other stuff. It is the first transparency report which shows which all countries made requests to censor data on the site.
India is right at the top having demanded 4,765 pieces of content to be censored from more than 100 million Indian users. As said by Facebook, it
restricted access in India to a number of pieces of content reported primarily by law enforcement officials and the India Computer Emergency Response Team under local laws prohibiting criticism of a religion or the state.
Second in the list is Turkey, followed by Pakistan with 162 requests. Germany and France belonged to the lower end of the list having requested censorship of more than 80 pieces in the period of July to December 2013. Facebook said it “only restricts access to content in the requesting country,” and that it will not remove anything from the “service entirely” unless it determines that it violates community standards.
When it comes to requesting user data, US sits right at the top making 12,598 requests regarding 18,715 users. India is next with 3,598 data requests regarding 4,711 users. There are times when Facebook is not able to cater to all the requests. This is because, it says, the requests “are overly broad, vague or do not comply with legal standards.”