Facebook: No Data Provided To Turkish Government

Facebook responded emphatically and quickly to a report that it cooperated with the government in Turkey and turned over user data related to the ongoing protest in that country, issuing a firm denial.

Facebook responded emphatically and quickly to a report that it cooperated with the government in Turkey and turned over user data related to the ongoing protest in that country, issuing a firm denial.

NPR’s Parallels blog reported earlier Wednesday that Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications Minister Binali Yilderim said Twitter had refused to cooperate with his country’s government, but Facebook responded “positively” and was “in cooperation with the state.”

Facebook issued the following response:

Facebook has not provided user data to Turkish authorities in response to government requests relating to the protests. More generally, we reject all government data requests from Turkish authorities and push them to formal legal channels unless it appears that there is an immediate threat to life or a child, which has been the case in only a small fraction of the requests we have received. We are concerned about legislative proposals that might purport to require Internet companies to provide user information to Turkish law-enforcement authorities more frequently. We will be meeting with representatives of the Turkish government when they visit Silicon Valley this week, and we intend to communicate our strong concerns about these proposals directly at that time.

Readers: What are your thoughts on the recent reports of Facebook and other Internet companies turning over user data to authorities?

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