Mary Long of our sister publication, MediaBistro.com, recently reported that Twitter has released its first Transparency Report. A constant source of valuable data, Twitter's transparency report focuses on sharing "government requests received for user information, government requests received to withhold content, and DMCA takedown notices received from copyright holders. And here’s some interesting info to check out. It dates back to January 1, 2012. You’ll note that the report shows whether or not Twitter took action on these requests. And you’ll also note that most of the requests come from the U.S. – a staggering amount really, when compared to other countries (see above)."
Long continues, "If you look at Google’s Transparency Report detailing user data requests, the U.S. is at the tipity top there as well. Yikes. Twitter’s goal is to help keep everyone informed and make folks more accountable for their info. In light of today’s ruling, this report is a timely and important reminder that we should all understand (and fear) our lack of online privacy a bit more. As they note in their blog post, Twitter has 'received more government requests in the first half of 2012 . . . than in the entirety of 2011.' And it will only get worse."
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