India blocks Facebook content more than any other country

Facebook recently shared findings of its Global Government Requests Report as part of a broader effort to reform government surveillance in countries around the world by providing more transparency. The report, which covers the first half of 2015, provides information about the number of government requests that Facebook receives for data, as well as the number of pieces of content restricted for violating local law in countries around the world where the social media giant provides service.

According to data revealed by Facebook, India made requests to block 15,155 pieces of content for the first half of 2015. Last year, for the same period, India made requests to block 4,960 pieces of content. These requests were primarily made by law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency Response Team within the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology because it was anti-religious and hate speech that could cause unrest and disharmony within India.

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