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Government Requests For Twitter Data Skyrockets

They Came For Your Tweets

Ah, digital privacy. You elude us at every turn.

I think it’s more than safe to assume in this age that utterly everything that consists of your digital footprint is not private. Every search you make, every letter you post is going to get recorded down in one way or another. There is no privacy anymore, I promise you. Anything that’s out there is accessible if someone wanted access to it.


If you thought your private data on Twitter was safe, I’d think again as well. Twitter have recently published their latest transparency report outlining the amount of requests they receive for user data. This report showed that the number of requests has greatly spiked since last year. Should you be shocked or surprised? Nope, really not.

The number of requests for user information in the second half of 2014 jumped 40% over the previous six months.

Based on the report, (which you can check yourself just by following the link above) we can see that:

‘Twitter received 2,871 requests for 7,144 user accounts and cooperated with 52% of them.
More than half of government requests came from the United States — up 29% from the first half of last year — but the company noted that it saw the biggest increases from Russia and Turkey.
Russia, in fact, had never requested data about Twitter users but made 108 requests this time. The company did not cooperate with Russia and Turkey on any of their requests.’ –Mashable

This report is released twice yearly and lets us all see which countries are trying to do the most snooping on your Twitter profiles.

Perhaps this huge increase in requests stems from terror groups now operating on social media in order to recruit. You also have pro-terror accounts sharing videos from the extremists groups. So maybe these requests just mean that they’re buckling down in terms of shutting these groups down.


Though with Russia and Turkey’s extremely flawed privacy and freedom laws, I do question their motives behind all their requests.

Tom Welby

Tom has a degree in Creative and Professional Writing and now he currently manages, edits and writes for this blog. His other interests include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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