Governments are requesting more and more data from Reddit

 engadget.com  2/13/2019 9:29:00 PM 

In 2016 the total number of government requests was 170. In 2014, it was just 55. That's a 13-fold increase in four years.

Asked by Reddit users what explains the substantial year-on-year increase, CEO Steve Huffman wrote: "Two reasons: 1. We have more users and content. 2. We receive much more attention compared to last year."

Meanwhile, the site received 9,534 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices in 2018 -- basically claims for copyright infringement -- and removed 24,234 pieces of content. That was more than triple the 3,130 DMCA notices received in 2017.

There was one request to remove content from a government entity in the US which had nothing to do with copyright. "The request was for the removal of an image and a large volume of comments made underneath it for potential breach of a federal law," the report says. "As the governmental entity did not provide sufficient context regarding how the image violated the law, did not provide Reddit with valid legal process compelling removal, and the request to remove the entire post as well as the comment thread appeared to be overbroad, Reddit did not comply with the request."

On Reddit, a user asked Huffman what it was. "We've given as much information in the report as we can give you (but we rejected the request)," Huffman replied.

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