Twitter Transparency Report 2021: Here's what you need to know
In its biannual report released on 14 July 2021, Twitter revealed that India is the single largest source of government information requests during the second half of 2020 (1 July- 31 December). Additionally, Twitter's India Transparency Report 2021 was also released by the social media platform in compliance with the IT Rules 2021.
Twitter Transparency Report 2021: Key Highlights
1- India accounted for 25% of the global volume of requests and 15% of the global accounts involved.
2- Twitter received 38,524 legal demands to remove content specifying 131,933 accounts.
3- Twitter withheld or otherwise removed some or all of the reported content in response to 29% of these global legal demands.
4- The compliance rate for government information requests was 30% globally.
5- The second highest volume of information requests originated from the United States, comprising 22% of global information requests.
6- The United States submitted the highest volume of global emergency requests (34%), followed by Japan (17%), and South Korea (16%).
7- 94% of the total global volume of legal demands originated from only five countries -- Japan, India, Russia, Turkey, and South Korea.
8- The accounts of 199 verified journalists and news outlets from around the world were subject to 361 legal demands, which is a 26% increase from the January-June period.
9- While the total number of legal demands dropped by 9% compared to the last reporting period, the requests received during July-December sought content removal from the largest number of accounts ever in a single reporting period.
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Twitter's India Transparency Report 2021
In compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, Twitter is required to publish a monthly compliance report which includes the details of complaints from users via the India grievance mechanism and action taken on them, as well as information related to Twitter’s proactive monitoring efforts under the IT Rules. The below-mentioned inaugural report covers the reporting period from 26 May 2021 to 25 June 2021.
Grievance Officer- India Data
|Issue Type||Total Grievances||URLs Actioned|
|Abuse or Harassment||6||38|
|Child Sexual Exploitation||0||-|
|Misinformation or Synthetic and Manipulated Media||1||1|
|Promoting Suicide or Self-Harm||0||-|
|Terrorism or Violent Extremism||0||-|
|Sensitive Adult Content||4||0|
Proactive Monitoring Data
|Child Sexual Exploitation, Non-Consensual Nudity, and similar content||18,385|
|Promotion of Terrorism||4,179|
Twitter Transparency Report
Since 2012, Twitter is publishing its transparency report to enforce its rules, protect privacy, navigate increased requests from governments around the world, disrupt state-backed information operations, and more.
1- Abuse and Harassment: A number of initiatives were launched by Twitter towards more precise machine learning to help detect and take action on content that violated this policy. As a result, there was a 142% increase in accounts actioned, compared to the previous reports.
2- Child sexual exploitation: There was a 6% increase in the number of accounts suspended for violations of this policy. In total, 464,804 unique accounts were suspended.
3- Non-consensual nudity: Twitter took enforcement action on 27,087 accounts containing non-consensual nudity. There was an increase of 194% from the prior reporting period.
4- Terrorism and violent extremism: There was a 35% decrease in the number of accounts permanently suspended for violations of this policy. The action was taken on 58,750 unique accounts.
5- Civic Integrity: There was a 175% increase in the violations of this policy as compared to the previous reporting period.
6- Hateful conduct: There was a 77% increase in the number of accounts actioned for violations of this policy.
7- Promoting suicide & self-harm: A total of 188,561 accounts were auctioned, accounting for a 192% increase in enforcement.
For the past few months, Twitter has been involved in a stand-off with the Indian Government over the new IT Rules. According to the amended IT Rules, social media and streaming companies will be required to take down contentious content quicker and appoint grievance redressal officers based in the country to deal with online content flagged by authorities and courts and assist in investigations.