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Facebook, Microsoft Share Some Numbers on Government Requests for Information

The tech companies stress the number of requests was tiny compared with total users
Kwazi Nkrumah speaks at a rally against the NSA's recently detailed surveillance programs outside the U.S. Capitol on June 13
Kwazi Nkrumah speaks at a rally against the NSA's recently detailed surveillance programs outside the U.S. Capitol on June 13Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Following reports that they have complied with a broad government spying program, technology companies have begun releasing more information about the national security-related requests for user information made by the federal government.

Facebook published a statement on its blog late Friday which gave a general idea of how many requests for information it received from the government in the second half of last year. Including national security letters, the total was from 9,000 to 10,000, relating to between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts.