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Half of All Requests to Remove Twitter Posts Come From Turkey

  • 3,076 of 5,925 requests in second half of 2016 from Turkey
  • Turkey has tightened oversight of social media since 2013

Turkey accounted for more than half of all content removal requests sent to Twitter during the second half of 2016, a ranking it has topped for three years.

Turkish courts, police or government agencies made 3,076 such requests from July through December, up by around a quarter from the previous six-month period, according to the latest Twitter transparency report. The social media company withheld “some content” in 19 percent of cases, it said. Globally, there were just under six thousand requests.