India Blocks 75% More Facebook Content Than Any Other Country In The World

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives speech At IIT Delhi in India. Screen capture c/o Youtube.

A recent report by Facebook was released that revealed an interesting fact: Due to requests by the Indian government, Facebook blocks more content in India than any other country.

In response to government requests, during the first 6 months of the year 2015, more than 20,000 pieces of Facebook content have been blocked from being accessed in various countries. This is more than double the amount of content that was blocked during the second half of 2014.

The Indian government has by far been the largest requester for content to be blocked, with more than 15,000 pieces of content throughout the first half of the year being made unavailable to Facebook users who are located in India.

This means that government requested content blocking in India accounts for nearly 75% of the content being restricted worldwide. While interesting, it’s not all that surprising as even last year, India led the world in terms of Facebook blocked content.

Any government can request for certain content to be blocked in their country if they believe it violates their local laws. Upon receiving such a request, Facebook will look into the content and determine if it really violates the laws of the country. If it is found to do so, they will oblige the request.

In a report released by Facebook on Wednesday, the social media giant had this to say about governmental requests for blocked content: “”If we determine that it does[violate the country’s laws], then we make it unavailable in the relevant country or territory… For example, Holocaust denial is illegal in Germany so if it is reported to us we will restrict this content for people in Germany.”

In another report, Facebook shares information regarding the drastic increase of blocked content requests that they have fulfilled in the first half of this year, saying, “The amount of content restricted for violating local law increased by 112%… to 20,568 pieces of content, up from 9,707.”

Facebook adds that they take “a rigorous approach to every government request we receive” and are making an effort “to push governments around the world to reform surveillance in a way that protects their citizens’ safety and security while respecting their rights and freedoms.”

Screen capture from Facebook.

Screen capture from Facebook.

Coming second to India in terms of approved blocked content requests by the government is the country Turkey, with approximately 4,500 pieces of content being blocked. France comes in third place, with just 295 pieces of government requested blocked content.

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