Which countries seek to censor their citizens on Twitter and Facebook?Government requests for Twitter users’ account information have increased by 40 per cent around the world, the company has said in its latest transparency report. The microblogging website’s set of data for the last six months of 2014 indicates a growing trend for governments to request user information. Twitter said four new countries – Belize, El Salvador, Kenya, and Russia – made requests, bringing the total to 58 countries making requests. In addition, between July 1 and December 31, Twitter reported an 84 per cent increase in global government and government-sanctioned demands to remove content. Turkey’s police, courts and government agencies made the most content removal requests – 477 in total, up from 186 in the first half of 2014. Russia made 91 requests and Germany came in third with 43 requests. The worrying trend in Turkey comes after Facebook followed a court order in the Turkish capital, Ankara, to remove pages in the country depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Facebook’s latest data for the first six months of 2014 shows only India has made more content restrictions than Turkey, as the chart below shows. Jeremy Kessel, global legal policy senior manager, explained in a blog post that requests from Turkey “generally focused on claimed violations of personal rights (such as defamation) of both private citizens and government officials”. Full Story