California
19 December 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Facebook slams infringing content in first half of 2017


Facebook removed more than 2.5 million pieces of copyright infringing content across its Facebook and Instagram social media platforms in the first half of 2017, according to the company’s annual transparency report.

The report showed statistics from January 2017 to June 2017, and for the first time showed takedowns conducted based on reports from rightsholders.

Facebook also took action against more than 300,000 counterfeit content marketed and sold across its platforms, and took down nearly 150,000 pieces of trademark infringing content.

In a blog post, Chris Sonderby, deputy general counsel at Facebook, said that sharing information about IP reports Facebook receives from rightsholders is “an important step toward being more open and clear about how we protect the people and businesses that use our services”.

“Our transparency report describes these policies and procedures in more detail, along with the steps we’ve taken to safeguard the people who use Facebook and keep them informed about IP.”

As part of the transparency report, Facebook also showed government requests for account data, content restrictions and internet disruptions.

Sonderby revealed that the overall number of content restrictions for violation of local law increased by 304 percent globally compared to the second half of 2016, although this was primarily driven by a request from Mexican law enforcement to remove instances of a video depicting a school shooting.

Sonderby added: “We continue to carefully scrutinize each request we receive for account data—whether from an authority in the US, 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. We’ll also keep working with partners in industry and civil society to encourage governments around the world to reform surveillance in a way that protects their citizens’ safety and security while respecting their rights and freedoms.”

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