The Singapore government requested data on 263 Facebook users in the first half of 2017: Report

The Singapore government requested information on 263 social media accounts managed by Facebook in the first half of this year, according to the social media giant’s latest Transparency Report released on Monday (Dec 18).

The report details government requests for account data, content restriction and internet disruptions, which can be broken down according to country.

It said that the Singapore authorities made a total of 204 requests between January and June 2017 from Facebook – which extends to its other services such as its own Messenger app, WhatsApp and Instagram – with the company releasing data on 59% of these requests.

Facebook said in a blog post that the “vast majority” of these requests relate to criminal cases such as robberies and kidnappings, and hope to obtain basic subscriber information such as name and length of service.

Some requests are also made for IP address logs or account content, it added.

Facebook said: “We have strict processes in place to handle these government requests. Every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency.”

“We require officials to provide a detailed description of the legal and factual basis for their request and we push back when we find legal deficiencies or overly broad or vague demands for information.”

The Singapore authorities also made eight account preservation requests for 15 user accounts during the period to preserve account records connected to official criminal investigations for 90 days.

The United States topped the global list for government requests with a total of 32,716 requests made on 52,280 user accounts, three times more than the total requests made by India, which came in second with 9,853 requests on 13,752 user accounts.

Singapore came in 26th out of the 129 countries listed on Facebook’s report.