How is Facebook responding to growing government take down requests in the region?

  • 3 countries make up 98% of all data and content restriction and removal requests in the broader region; these are Turkey, Pakistan, and Israel
  • Facebook takes an escalating approach to take down requests that involves net contributor partnership and process reviews

In this Insights at the Edge of Government Analysis Flash, we look at the number of Facebook data and content restriction requests from MENA Governments.

In 2016, MENA governments made 7,600 Facebook data and content restriction requests in total.

We found that a select few countries are making a significant number of the requests. To preempt such requests and establish deeper relationships with regional government focused on their positive net contributor role in the community, Facebook employs an escalated government engagement approach.