The company said it had received 40,300 applications from both the central and state governments seeking information on Facebook users. From July to December 2020, governments applied for a variety of information. Of these, 37,865 applications were legal and 52 per cent of government applications were informed, Facebook said in a new transparency report.
During the six-month period, Facebook said it had regulated 944 contents by law following government requests. During the period January-June 2020, 824 contents were managed in the same position.
“Following the directive of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, 878 contents violating Section 69A of the IT Act have been restricted to India, including those affecting the security and law and order of the country. Ten were temporarily restrained. 54 were acquitted by court order. ” Facebook said in their report.
Facebook has not specified on whose instructions the other 12 times the content was blocked. The Central and State Governments had requested information on 62,754 users or accounts during these periods. Of these, 4,400 applications were for the protection of information in the accounts of 8,530 users.
The government requested 13 percent more information in the last half than it did in the first half of last year. In addition to the government’s request, Facebook has banned more than a dozen pages and profiles in India and globally for supporting Brazilian President Jair Bolzoni.
Since 2013, there has been a significant increase in applications from the Central and State Governments. Between January and June 2013, the government submitted 3,250 applications, while in 2020, the government submitted 35,600 applications to Facebook. From 2013 to 2020, the number of applications increased tenfold.