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Facebook blocks more content here than in any other country

Which country blocks the most Facebook content?

The Indian government blocks more Facebook content than any other nation, by a wide margin, according to a recent report released by the social media company.

In response to government requests, the social network blocked more than 20,000 pieces of content on its platform and across its app network during the first half of this year in 92 different countries, more than double the amount of blocked content during the second half of 2014.

That includes content on services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc.
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India's granted requests account for nearly three-quarters of the content restricted worldwide, according to data in the Facebook report. Countries can ask Facebook to restrict content when they believe it violates their laws.

"If we determine that it does, then we make it unavailable in the relevant country or territory," Facebook said in its report, which it released on Wednesday. "For example, Holocaust denial is illegal in Germany so if it is reported to us we will restrict this content for people in Germany."

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Turkey had the second highest number of restrictions with about 4,500 pieces of content blocked. France was third with 295.

The popular social network is seeing more and more government requests to block content. In its report, Facebook said it's seen a 112 percent increase in the amount of content blocked for violating local laws compared to the second half of 2014.

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