Twitter has released a new transparency report, covering the second half of last year. These reports highlight numbers of copyright takedown notices Twitter have received and government removal requests.
In 2012 Twitter received 1,858 information requests. 1009 of those requests were in the second half of the year, with 849 being in the first two quarters of the year.
Information Requests include worldwide government requests we’ve received for user account information, typically in connection with criminal investigations or cases.
In 2012 Twitter received 48 removal requests, with 6 of those in the first two quarters and 42 of those requests in the last two quarters of 2012.
Removal Requests include government requests (and other valid complaints of illegal content from authorized reporters) we’ve received to remove or withhold content on Twitter.
Now this is where the numbers get very large. During 2012 Twitter received 6,646 copyright notices. 3,378 of those requests were in the first two quarters of the year, with 3,268 of those requests in the last two quarters of the year, so Twitter did see a slight drop in the last two quarters.
Copyright Notices include reports of alleged copyright infringement submitted through our web form or otherwise sent to us (e.g., fax). In our second report, we’ve added information about counter notices and top reporters into the mix.