Facebook received 26,000 user data requests from governments upto June

Washington, Aug. 28 (ANI): After Microsoft and Google, Social media giant Facebook is the latest to reveal the number of requests it has received from the government over issuing user data in the first half of this year.

Facebook revealed that the government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 and half of the orders came from authorities in the US.

The data shows that of the 26,000 government requests, Turkey submitted 96 requests covering 173 users out of which Facebook issued the data for 45 of the requested users but hasn't revealed which information was furnished and why, Fox News reports.

Facebook's general counsel company, Colin Stretch said that the company fights many of such requests but when they are bound to comply with a particular request, they frequently share only basic user information, such as name.

The company's spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg said that the data included in the report related to Turkey is about child endangerment and emergency law enforcement requests

The report said that the data published by Facebook doesn't clearly tell how many of the requests were for law-enforcement purposes and how many were for intelligence gathering.

Facebook released only a range of figures for the US and said that it plans to start releasing these figures regularly, the report added. (ANI)

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