Those who are aware with the current trends in the social media industry must acknowledge the fact that governments across the globe are making efforts to access the private user data over national security matters.
Interestingly enough, the social media giant, Facebook, doesn’t want to keep its users under the shadow, disclosed it to public to keep its users in the loop. The information details how many requests Facebook received from the government and how many of them were rejected or entertained.
The social media giant released the latest set of statistics of user data requests few days ago. This might come as a surprise that data retrieval attempt by the Pakistan’s government grew fast during the second half of the last year, marking an increase of 40%.
Considering the time period under review, a total of 1,002 requests have been made by the government of Pakistan against 1,431 users. Nevertheless, Facebook responded to only 67% of the requests, revealing details of the respective users.
During the same period, Facebook reported 442 cases of account preservation requests.
Moreover, the information released by the social media giant indicates that it had blocked 25 pages during the first half of the last year. Albeit the government’s attempts to ban several controversial fan pages on company’s platform, only few requests were entertained.
FIA and PTA have been in contact with Facebook in a bid to request the company to ban or restrict some pages for the users in Pakistan, following a court’s decision to ban the social network if it failed to comply with the local laws.
Adding to that, the social media giant has stated several disruptions faced by the Facebook users in Pakistan in the last six months of FY16. It is important to note that this is the first time Facebook has released such information for Pakistani users.