India tops in curbs on Facebook content this year

The Indian government sought the maximum number of content restrictions from various platforms of social networking behemoth Facebook in the first six months of this year than any other country globally.

The world’s biggest social networking platform said it granted requests from authorities in India for some 15,155 pieces of content to be blocked on its platform, its WhatsApp and Messenger apps and its photo-sharing app, Instagram.facebook-addiction

This was revealed by Facebook in its latest report on government data requests for the period between January and June this year.

The Indian government’s requests more than tripled rom the 4,960 items where it sought restrictions during he same period last year Facebook said.

India accounted for some nearly 74% of the more than 20,000 pieces of content restricted worldwide at the behest of 92 countries.

Facebook said that the re quests to block the material n India were made “under lo cal laws prohibiting criticism of a religion or the state.“ “Facebook does not provide any government with `back doors’ or direct access to people’s data,“ the US headquartered company .

Turkey had the second highest number of content restrictions, up 58% to 4,496 rom a year earlier. France was in third, with 295 re quests, up from 22 last year.

Meanwhile, Facebook said the US topped the list of nations requesting user data.It logged 17,577 requests in the first half of 2015, up from 15,433 a year earlier. India was second with 5,115, up from 4,559 last year.

India is home to the second largest user base of Facebook with over 125 million users. We restricted access in India to content reported primarily by law enforcement agencies and the India computer emergency response team within the ministry of communications and information technology because it was anti-religious and hate speech that could cause unrest and disharmony within India.