Twitter says it required users to remove more than 6.5 million pieces of content in the first half of 2022 before billionaire Elon Musk took over the social media platform, up 29% from the second half of 2021.
Twitter disclosed the number of content removals in a blog post on the same day the European Union said the social media platform would be among 19 tech companies subject to landmark new rules requiring them to share data with authorities, do more in combating misinformation and behavior. external and independent audit.
Failure to comply with the rules some of the world’s strictest regulations for online platforms can result in fines of up to 6% of global revenue or even a ban from operating in the EU, according to the European Commission’s website.
Twitter Transparency Center website detailing information
Before Musk bought Twitter in October and laid off about 80% of its employees, Twitter routinely published twice-yearly reports on its Transparency Center website detailing information such as the number of accounts it suspended and the number of government requests it received for data.
Twitter’s update on Tuesday came in the form of a short blog post, and the company said it would provide an update on its “transparency reporting path forward” later this year.
The publication of transparency reports is one of the requirements of the new EU internet rules.
The company said it received 53,000 legal requests from governments to remove certain content during the first half of 2022, with Japan, South Korea, Turkey and India making the most requests.