KARACHI: Pakistani authorities have recorded a surge in content removal requests from Twitter and more than 200 requests have been made in the first 6 months of this year.
According to a Dawn newspaper report, the Transparency Report released by the social networking site Twitter said that between January 2019 and June, the government sent 273 removal requests and reported 1798 profiles to Twitter.
However, the number of profiles reported during that period has dropped to less than 2300 but requests for account information have increased.
Twitter did not completely terminate any accounts but removed some content from 234 accounts for violating Twitter's terms of reference.
Earlier in July-December 2018, Twitter removed the contents of 204 accounts.
Since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf came to power, there has been a rapid increase in requests for removal of content from the government.
In the last six months of 2018, 192 petitions from the government and law enforcement agencies were sent through a court order.
This year, eight petitions were sent to Twitter this year through a court order, with government requests sent by government agencies, police departments and officials.
In addition, Pakistan sent 23 information and 70 account-specific information requests in the first 6 months of 2019, while last year 17 requests for information and 23 for account information were sent.
However, Twitter rejected all requests for account information and termination.
This year, the government also requested immediate closure of 5 accounts and requested to provide information on 5 accounts.
Be aware that Twitter does provide some information to law enforcement when such a request is made to meet the standards.