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Facebook Says Government Requests for Account Data Jumped in First Half of 2016

Facebook Inc. said Wednesday that government requests for user account data rose 27 percent in the first half of 2016 compared with the second half of last year, with U.S. law enforcement agencies topping the list. Government requests for account data globally rose to 59,229 from 46,710, and more than half contained a nondisclosure order that prohibited the social networking website from notifying users. Requests for content restriction, the number of items restricted for violating...

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