Hmmm. Land of the free?


Twitter released its first-ever transparency report on Monday, which provides statistics on the number of times governments and individuals requested data on Twitter users or made takedown requests under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act during the first half of 2012. The report was inspired by the transparency reports Google (s goog) has been issuing for a couple years and shows, not surprisingly, that the U.S. government is the most active in the world when it comes to demanding data on Twitter’s users.

In the blog post sharing the report’s findings, Jeremy Kessel, Twitter’s legal policy manager, wrote that Twitter has received more government requests in the first half of this year than during the entirety of 2011. With 679 requests targeting 948 accounts — apparently more than the rest of the world combined — the U.S. government led the charge in terms of volume. U.S. officials also top the list…

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