Twitter recently released its bi-annual transparency report, detailing the number of requests that the company has received from governments for user information or to take down content. According to the report, the company received 1,157 requests for user information in the first six months of 2013, the highest amount since Twitter began releasing its report. Twitter reports that 78% of the requests came from United States sources, and globally the company provided some or all information requested in 55% of cases.
The company also reports receiving 60 removal requests from governments in the past six months, including seventeen from Russia, ten from Brazil, and two from the United States. The company reports that it withheld content in 38% of cases, including the withholding or removal of four accounts and 73 individual tweets.
The report also details the number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices that the company has received. Pursuant to the DMCA, rightsholders can report copyright violations to online service providers requesting the removal of infringing material. Twitter reports receiving 5753 requests in the past six months and taking down content in 61% of cases.