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India top in censoring Facebook content

  • India has once again topped the list of countries where
    governments make the maximum number of demands to remove content from Facebook,
    according to a report released by the social network giant,
    Indo-Asian News Service reported.
    • India has once again topped the list of countries where
      governments make the maximum number of demands to remove content from Facebook,
      according to a report released by the social network giant,
      Indo-Asian News Service reported.


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    • Notably, there has
      been a three-fold increase in such demands in the first six months of this year
      as compared to last year.
    •  
    • According to the data
      released by Facebook in its biannual government requests report, India made
      15,155 demands, outnumbering 92 other countries in the list.
    •  
    • The company said the
      posts were censored to prevent religious unrest in the country and had mostly
      been reported by government agencies.
    •  
    • “We restricted
      access in India to content
      reported primarily by law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency
      Response Team within the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
      because it was anti-religious and hate speech that could cause unrest and
      disharmony within India,”
      the report said.
    •  
    • Turkey came second at 4,496 requests followed by France with 295
      requests.
    •  
    • India has topped the social network’s content removal list
      for the third year in running, since it began releasing the data in 2013.

     

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