Facebook Says It Got Up to 10,000 Data Requests From U.S.

Facebook Inc. (FB), owner of the world’s most popular social-networking service, said it got as many as 10,000 data requests from U.S. government entities.

The requests, which related to crimes and national-security issues, came from local, state and federal governments. They were for the six-month period ended Dec. 31 and “run the gamut,” the company said in a posting on its website.

Facebook said it was releasing the data after discussions with U.S. national security authorities “to allow more transparency and flexibility around national-security orders we are required to comply with.”

The networking service says it has 1.1 billion active user worldwide and the requests represent a small fraction of those users.

The posting, written by Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot, said that betweeen 18,000 and 19,000 users accounts wer involved in the requested data.

June 14 (Bloomberg) --

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