In an interesting revelation made by Facebook in the 3rd Edition of its Global Government Requests Report, India tops the list (outside of the United States) for the most Government requests to restrict public access to the content on the social media portal. This edition of the Global Report relates to the monitoring requests made during the period of January to June, 2014 and can be accessed here.
As a matter of policy, the social media giant restricts access to information upon requests from Government agencies. These requests primarily are against hate-content, that is any content that promulgates the feeling of hatred and enmity among people. Facebook in the report states “we respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague”.
These requests by the Indian Government agencies have been made over a span of merely 6 months, beginning January2014. To access the complete report for India for the first 6 months of the year please here. Furthermore, the report also throws light in the fact that the access was restricted upon the content being reported primarily by law enforcement officials and the India Computer Emergency Response Team under local laws prohibiting criticism of a religion or the state.