Facebook saw a huge increase in content restrictions because of a school shooting video

Facebook’s content restrictions rose more than fourfold in the first six months of 2017 after Mexican law enforcement asked the tech firm to remove a viral video of a school shooting.

From January to June, Facebook restricted content 28,036 times, an uptick of 304 percent compared to last six months of 2016.

The majority of those restrictions — about 20,506 — came from a request to pull down a video depicting a 15-year-old student shooting at his teacher and students in Monterrey.

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The shooter killed himself after wounding his teacher and three students in January.

The Menlo Park tech firm released the data as part of a transparency report it publishes twice every year.

Worldwide, government requests for account data increased 21 percent from 64,279 in the last six months of 2016 to 78,890 this year. Most of these requests — about 32,716 — came from the U.S. government, according to Facebook.

“We continue to carefully scrutinize each request we receive for account data — whether from an authority in the U.S., Europe, or elsewhere — to make sure it is legally sufficient. If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary,” Facebook’s Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby said in a blog post.

For the first time, the tech firm also released data about copyright and trademark complaints.

Facebook received 224,464 copyright reports, 41,854 trademark reports and 14,279 counterfeit reports in the first half of 2017.

Photo Credit: Facebook app. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

 

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