Facebook has seen an increase in the number of data requests from governments, stating that nearly two–thirds come with gagging orders.
In the second half of 2015, the social networking giant received 46,763 requests for user data, up 13 percent from 41,214 in the first half of the year, according to new statistics from the company.
For the first time, Facebook reported information about non-disclosure orders which do not allow Facebook to notify the user about a request. "Approximately 60 percent" of requests from U.S. authorities contained these gagging orders.
The number of items restricted for violating local law increased over the first half of 2015, to 55,827 items, up from 20,568. This was mainly due to one picture in France.
"One of the case studies explains that the increase in restricted content in this half is almost entirely due to one photo related to the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. The photo was alleged to violate French laws related to protecting human dignity. We restricted access to more than 32,000 copies of the photo, in France only, in response to a legal request from the French government," Facebook wrote in its blogpost.