US increases requests for account info from Twitter

US increases requests for account info from Twitter
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The U.S. government increased its requests for information from Twitter in the first half of 2016, according to a report released by the social networking site Wednesday.

From Jan. 1 to June 30, the U.S. government made 2,520 requests for information, up from 2,436 in the first half of last year.


The report says that Twitter produced some information in 82 percent of requests.

The number of accounts specified in those requests increased more significantly. In the first half of this year, the government included 8,009 Twitter, Periscope and Vine accounts in its requests, compared to 6,324 in the same period last year.

When compared to the second half of 2015, however, the amount of U.S. government requests actually decreased from 2,673. But only 7,435 specific accounts were included in those requests.

The U.S. requested more account information than any other country. The United Kingdom followed in a distant second in terms of users specified in its requests with 1,071. 

“Information requests include worldwide government requests we’ve received for account information, typically in connection with criminal investigations,” the report said.

The U.S. made 385 "emergency requests," such as those related to threats of self-harm or terrorism. The report did not detail the breakdown of those requests or specify its response rate.