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Information requests

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

Information requests

July 1 - December 31, 2013

CountryAccount information requestsPercentage where some information producedAccounts specified
Argentina10%1
Australia520%6
Austria---
Belgium2*50%2
Brazil2030%55
Bulgaria---
Canada1856%19
Colombia40%7
Denmark---
Ecuador---
France5723%102
Germany333%3
Greece911%9
Hong Kong1*0%1
India1932%27
Indonesia10%1
Ireland---
Israel---
Italy190%19
21323%253
Kuwait10%2
Lebanon3*67%6
Malaysia1*0%1
Maldives1*0%1
Mexico10%4
Netherlands956%14
New Zealand10%1
Norway1*100%1
Oman10%1
Pakistan10%1
Peru---
Philippines---
Portugal---
Qatar10%1
Saudi Arabia110*5%12
Singapore20%2
South Korea---
South Sudan---
Spain130%26
Sweden---
Switzerland---
Turkey10%1
United Arab Emirates20%2
United Kingdom5643%117
United States83369%1,323
Venezuela---
TOTAL1,41050%2,121
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About the numbers

We’ve seen an overall increase of 22% in account information requests since the prior reporting period. The rise may be attributed to Twitter’s international expansion. As always, we continue to fight to provide notice to affected users when we’re not otherwise prohibited.

The United States continues to make the most requests, making up 59% of all requests received. Of the remaining 41% of requests, Japan remains the second largest requester with a total of 15% of overall requests, up from 8% in January - June 2013. Excluding countries that have submitted only emergency disclosure requests, France has moved into the third spot with 4% of our total information requests. The United Kingdom remains in the top requesters, making the fourth most requests with 4% of our total information requests.

Footnotes

We notify affected users of requests for their account information unless we’re prohibited.

‘Accounts specified’ includes Twitter and Vine 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.

Countries with an asterisk (*) in the ‘Account information requests’ column have submitted emergency disclosure requests only.

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.