Saudi Arabia Asked for Information of Twitter Users, Company’s Report Shows

Twitter said on Wednesday that the Saudi government made fewer than 10 requests for information about users of the social network during the first six months of this year.

The company did not disclose details of those requests, but its Transparency Report said they are “typically in connection with criminal investigations or cases.” The report shows that Twitter did not produce information related to any of these requests.

“An important conversation has begun about the extent to which companies should be allowed to publish information regarding national security requests,” Jeremy Kessel, Twitter’s manager of legal policy, wrote on the company’s blog.

Kessler said while Twitter “may not be allowed to provide notice to users in all situations or win every fight we take up on behalf of our users,” they plan to remain committed to being transparent about government requests they receive and how they have addressed them.

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