Government request (or theft) of private social network user data is a hot-button topic of late.
It’s an area in which Twitter has always stood out in protection of its users, maintaining an unabashed policy of transparency in disclosing what data requests are made and defending its users’ security at all costs.
That doesn’t mean, though, that Twitter data isn’t highly coveted by governments worldwide.
Quartz put together two charts that display the the top 10 countries requesting information from Twitter, by percentage of requests, and the corresponding figures for Facebook.
Since the U.S. is far and away the biggest requester of user data from each company (43–45% of requests to Facebook and 78% of Twitter’s), the charts exclude it.
Top 10 Twitter data requesters:
Top 10 Facebook data requesters:
Overall, Facebook received 25,607 government requests in the first half of this year, compared with 1,113 for Twitter. But there’s an exception: Japan requested data from Twitter 87 times in the first six months of 2013; the country asked Facebook for data only once in the same period.
User data security is definitely only going to continue to grow in import as a digital-era consideration, and it will be interesting to keep tabs on how Twitter deals with it.
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