Facebook today released its report on the number of individual profile requests from various Governments across the globe. And while the number of requests declined in the west, the same number saw a sharp rise from countries such as India and Russia.
While India made a Total of 4,559 requests in the first half of 2014, that same number stood at a staggering 5,473 for the later half of 2014. That represents almost 1,000 more requests as compared to the first half of 2014.
The total user account requests, which Facebook received from the Indian Government in the first half of 2014 stood at 5,958, while that same figure stood at 7,281 in the second half of 2014. That too, is a steep 1,323 more requests as compared to previous numbers.
The Indian Government asked world’s biggest social networking site, to block some 4,960 odd content pieces from Facebook, which were related in any manner, to criticism of a religion or state. The same number rose to 5,832 for the second half of 2014.
Though Indian Government’s request to Facebook saw a hefty increase, on the contrary, Facebook’s compliance with those requests fell sharply. While Facebook complied to 50.87% of the total requests made in the period between January 2014 to June 2014, it complied to a lesser, 44.69% of requests in the later half of 2014.
While India continued to demand for access to a larger number of profiles, such requests took a big dip in the west, though the numbers were still almost 3 times as that demanded by India. Take for example the United States.
It requested for access to 23,667 accounts in the first half of 2014, with Facebook complying with a staggering 80% of those requests. Those same numbers however, stood at 21,731 and 79.14% respectively. US still continues to be counted among countries with maximum request acceptance rate.