Report: Twitter Reports Surge in Government Demands to Censor the News

Report: Twitter Reports Surge in Government Demands to Censor the News


According to data released by Twitter, the social media platform saw a surge in government demands worldwide in 2020 to take down content posted by journalists and news outlets. Legal demands to censor content from verified journalists and outlets grew by 26 percent in the second half of the year.

Reuters reports that according to a recent transparency report from Twitter, the social media website saw a surge in demands by governments worldwide to censor content from news outlets and reporters in 2020. Twitter said in its report that 199 verified accounts of journalists and news outlets on its platform faced 361 legal demands from governments to remove content in the second half of 2020, an increase of 26 percent from the first half of the year.

The biannual transparency report on Twitter’s enforcement of policy rules and the information and removal requests it receives comes as social media

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