U.S. law enforcement agencies are responsible for most requests for Twitter users’ private information, the social media company said in its first report on the subject, Reuters reports. Of the 849 total government requests for user information from January 1 to June 30 this year, 679 — or 80 percent — came from the U.S., typically for use in criminal investigations, Twitter said.
Japan was in second place with 98 requests filed by police, followed by 11 requests from law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom and the same number from agencies in Canada. Twitter, which has been credited for helping fuel social unrest, from revolutions in the Middle East to Occupy protests in U.S. cities, increasingly has been pulled into criminal prosecutions. Yesterday, a New York judge ruled that the company must hand over tweets published by Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street protester arrested during a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge in October.