Twitter Reveals Record Numbers of Government Orders to Turn Over User Data

Twitter Reveals Record Numbers of Government Orders to Turn Over User Data


From July to December 2021, the number of legal orders from governments going after journalists that Twitter received increased significantly. 

Per a report by Twitter, there was a 103% uptick in the number of legal demands singling out verified journalists. 

According to Cindy Harper of Reclaim the Net, Twitter received 47,572 requests going after 198,931 accounts.   Governments made 11,460 of those demands. 20% of those came from the United States government. 

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“We continue to see a concerning trend toward attempts to limit global press freedom, with an increase in government legal demands targeting journalists, as well as an overall increasing number of legal demands on accounts – both represent record highs since reporting began,” Twitter said in the report.

In addition, Twitter

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