Our Continuing Commitment to Transparency
Today, we are releasing our latest Transparency Report for the first half of 2020.
While our initial reports focused on the nature and extent of government requests we receive for user data, we have expanded our report over the years to include the volume of content restrictions based on local law, the number of global internet disruptions that limit access to our products, and reports of intellectual property infringement.
Our Transparency Report also includes the seventh Community Standards Enforcement Report, which includes data on how we take action against violating content across our platforms.
Government Requests for User Data
During the first six months of 2020, government requests for user data increased by 23% from 140,875 to 173,592. In the US, we received 61,528 requests, an increase of 20% compared to the second half of 2019. For US requests, non-disclosure orders prohibiting Facebook from notifying the user remained flat at 67% in the first half of 2020. These requests, along with the US government’s authorization letters, are available below.
We comply with government requests for user information only where we have a good-faith belief that the law requires us to do so. We scrutinize every government request we receive to make sure it is legally valid, no matter which government makes the request. If we determine that a government request is deficient, we push back and engage governments to address any apparent deficiencies.
We encourage governmental entities to submit only requests that are necessary, proportionate, specific, and strictly compliant with applicable laws, by publishing guidelines for government requests. We also believe that people have a right to know when a government requests their data and it is our policy to notify people who use our service of requests for their information prior to disclosure unless we are prohibited by law from doing so or in exceptional circumstances, such as child exploitation cases, emergencies or when notice would be counterproductive.
When content is reported as violating local law, but doesn’t go against our Community Standards, we may limit access to that content in the country where it is allegedly illegal. During this reporting period, the volume of content restrictions based on local law increased globally 40% from 15,826 to 22,120.
Because we believe that disrupting internet connectivity can undermine economic activity and free expression, we also report the number of deliberate internet disruptions caused by governments around the world that impact the availability of our products.
Finally, we report on the volume and nature of copyright, trademark and counterfeit reports we receive each half as well as the amount of content impacted by those reports. During this reporting period, we took down 3,716,817 pieces of content based on 659,444 copyright reports; 404,078 pieces of content based on 166,310 trademark reports; and 1,308,834 pieces of content based on 97,186 counterfeit reports.
Publishing this report reflects our ongoing commitment to transparency.
Dec 01, 2020 at 14:16