Information requests include worldwide government requests we’ve received for account information, typically in connection with criminal investigations.
January 1 - June 30, 2014
|Country||Account information requests||Percentage where some information produced||Accounts specified|
About the numbers
The United States leads the way, comprising 78% of all requests received. Japan remains the second largest requester with a total of 8% of overall requests, up from 6% in July - December 2012. Brazil dropped from third overall in the last report to the number four spot with the United Kingdom moving up to number three, comprising 3% of total requests received during the first half of 2013.
Since the inception of our Transparency Report in July 2012, we have received inquiries from a total of 36 different governments. From January - June 2013, we received requests from 26 different governments, with an increase of ~15% since July - December 2012.
We notify affected users of requests for their account information unless we’re prohibited.
- More information about user notice is available in our Guidelines for Law Enforcement.
‘Accounts specified’ includes the accounts identified in government requests we have received.
- The total number may include the same account being requested more than once or requests for accounts that do not exist or were misidentified.
We may not comply with requests for a variety of reasons. For example:
- We do not comply with requests that fail to identify a Twitter account.
- We may seek to narrow requests that are overly broad.
- In other cases, users may have challenged the requests after we’ve notified them.