India made most requests to remove tweets by journalists, media outlets: Report

India submitted the highest number of demands to remove tweets by verified handles of journalists and news outlets between July and December 2021, according to Twitter’s 20th Transparency Report.

Twitter said it received 326 legal demands from across the world for removing content by the journalists and news portals. India made 114 of these demands, followed by Turkey (87) and Russia (55).

“There was a steady increase in actions taken on verified journalists and news outlets,” Twitter said.

India had topped the list in seeking removal of content by journalists and news outlets in the January-June 2021 report as well. India’s Hindu nationalist government had made 89 of the total 231 such legal demands made during that period.

India made a total of 3,992 legal demands to remove content from Twitter, including those posted by journalists and news outlets, Twitter said.

Globally, Twitter received over 47,600 demands to remove content, the report said, adding that Twitter complied with 51.2% of them.

India is among the top five countries in terms of total number of such requests made.

India also ranked second among all countries for seeking account information requests from Twitter during the period of July-December 2021. The United States topped the list, according to the report.