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

Facebook Inc., 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 involving national-security related requests.

The requests, which came from local, state and federal governments, 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 users 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 were involved in the requested data.

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