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Twitter received 48 removal requests in 2012: with over 85% of these happening in H2

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By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

January 29, 2013 | 2 min read

In its second biannual Transparency Report, Twitter has revealed that it received 48 removal requests in 2012, as well as 1858 information requests.

The research found that of the removal requests, 42 of these happened during the second half of the year, while there were slightly less copyright notices brought to Twitter’s attention during this period (3268 out of 6646).

Twitter explained: “Removal Requests include government requests (and other valid complaints of illegal content from authorized reporters) we’ve received to remove or withhold content on Twitter.

“Governments generally make removal requests for content that may be illegal in their respective jurisdictions. For example, a government agency may obtain a court order requiring the removal of defamatory statements, or law enforcement may request us to remove prohibited content.”

The research found that in the copyright notices during the period, 53 per cent of cases led to material being removed.

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