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Increasing demand to remove tweets by journalists

Increasing demand to remove journalists’ tweets

Twitter reports increasing number of requests to remove content posted by journalists and news organisations. Accounts of 199 verified journalists and news outlets from around the world were subject to 361 legal demands during second half of 2020, a 26% increase in these requests since the previous reporting period, the company says in its transparency report.

94% of the total global volume of demands originated from only five countries (in decreasing order): Japan, India, Russia, Turkey, and South Korea.

India is the single largest source of government requesting information about accounts, comprising 25% of the global volume. The second highest volume of requests of information about accounts originated from the United States, comprising 22% of global information requests.

The United States submitted the highest volume of global emergency requests (34%), followed by Japan (17%), and South Korea (16%).

During the second half of 2020, Twitter received 38,524 legal demands to remove content specifying 131,933 accounts. The company withheld or removed some or all of the reported content in response to 29% of these global legal demands; 11,091 total.

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