What was true before remains true more than ever: be careful what you put on social media, because it's not about what you think you're just sharing with friends, but about the information about your government may asking Facebook to give up.
In just about six months, Facebook has received 26,000 requests from governments around the world to give up information on about 38,000 usersâ€”and half of those requests came from the United States. "We fight many of these requests, pushing back when we find legal deficiencies and narrowing the scope of overly broad or vague requests," said Colin Stretch, from Facebook's general counsel company. "When we are required to comply with a particular request, we frequently share only basic user information, such as name."
Though Facebook hasn't given in to all of the requests, they have honored about 79-percent of requests in the U.S. Outside of the U.S., five other countries have asked for information on over a thousand users: Italy, India, France, Germany and the U.K.
The information comes from Facebook's report, the Global Government Requests Report, which you can see here. Facebook plans to release this data regularly, so place your bets now to see if the U.S. comes out on top again for the most requests. (They will.)
[via The Verge]