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Twitter commits to Transparency

4th July is US Independence Day. Twitter takes this day to remind itself of the need to hold governments accountable, especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves.

The popular micro-blogging site has released its First Transparency Report since it was founded in 2006. The encouragement is Google, which is known for releasing transparency report regularly. The twitter transparency report aims at: (1) government requests received for user information, (2) government requests received to withhold content, and (3) DMCA takedown notices received from copyright holders.

The data, which dates back to January 1, 2012 reveals that a total of 849 requests (in which US leads with 679 requests) were received, and 5275 tweets were removed. The tables form the report is here-

More information about the data could be found in twitter Help Center.

Twiter reported that it have received more government requests in the first half of 2012, than in the entirety of 2011. Along with publishing Transparency Report, it is also partnering with Herdict, which “collects and disseminates real-time, crowdsourced information about Internet filtering, denial of service attacks, and other blockages.” This new partnership aims to drive more traffic and exposure to Herdict, while also empowering the web community at large to help keep an eye on whether users can access Twitter around the world.

Twice a year, twitter is going to publishing its transparency report.

According to Twitter, these two new initiatives—the Twitter Transparency Report and partnership with Herdict—are an important part of keeping the Tweets flowing.

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