Twitter Transparency Report: More Evidence That America Is Not the Greatest Country in the World

Fodder for The Newsroom: Season Three.

Sorry, sorority girl! (Photo:

Twitter has taken a page from the Google playbook and unveiled its first-ever transparency report to shed light on government requests for user information and government requests to withhold content.  As was the case in Google’s recent report, the U.S. of A. leads the pack . . . . in demanding information about its citizens

Since January, 2012, the United States has made 679 requests for user information, just shy of 80 percent of the total requests made this year. (In 75 percent of those cases, Twitter produced some or all of the information requested.) The next closest country was Japan with 98 requests.

The U.S. doesn’t rank on a short list of government removal requests.

The transparency report also covers DMCA takedown notices from copyright holders. Twitter shows 3,378 copyright takedown notices, but doesn’t break it down by country.

In a blog post, Twitter cites Independence Day as a good time for a little government accountability. Perhaps the company is also flipping the (little, blue) bird at today’s ruling against Occupy Wall Street protestor Malcolm Harris, declaring that tweets to the public belong to the public.