NEW DELHI: Facebook has released its transparency report on Tuesday where it said that government requests for account data increased globally by around 4% compared to the first half of 2017 to 82,341 requests. In terms of details of users or account sought, requests from Indian government stood the highest after the US at 17262 followed by the US at 53625.
In the US, government requests remained roughly even at 32,742, of which 62% included a non-disclosure order prohibiting Facebook from notifying the user, Chris Sonderby, VP & Deputy General Counsel said in a blogpost.
“We always scrutinize each government request we receive for account data — whether from an authority in the US, Europe, or elsewhere — to make sure it is legally valid. If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary,” said Sonderby.
For the first time, Facebook which is under fire over the Cambridge Analytica controversy has also released statistics for its community guidelines enforecement between October 2017 and March 2018 in six areas: graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam and fake accounts. “…this is very much a work in progress and we will likely improve our methodology over time,” said Sonderby.
Facebook said it detected that 3-4% of the total monthly active users on the platform were using fake accounts. The percentage was consistent in the first quarter of 2018 with a total 583 million accounts. Facebook claimed that it was able to detect 98.5% of the fake accounts soon after they were created in the first three months of 2018.
As far as adult nudity and content of sexual cases were concerned, Facebook was able to detect 95.8% before a user flagged it and it took down 20.9 million such posts in Q1 of 2018, the company said.
It did not share the exact data for how prevalent was terrorist propaganda violations on Facebook, but said it took down 1.86 million posts related to terror in Q1, compared with 1.08 million in the last quarter of 2017.
In the case of content related to graphic violence, Facebook said those comprised 0.22-0.27% of the content and that the company took action on 3.45 million posts in Q1 versus 1.19 million posts in the previous quarter. The company said its technologies were able to detect 85.6% of the posts before they were flagged, much higher than the previous quarter’s 71.6%.
Facebook also said that there were 46 disruptions of Facebook services in 12 countries in the second half of 2017, compared to 52 disruptions in nine countries in the first half. “We continue to be deeply concerned by internet disruptions, which prevent people from communicating with family and friends and also threaten the growth of small businesses,” said Sonderby.