Twitter on Monday, July 2nd, released its first "Transparency Report," which is aimed as an important reminder to hold governments accountable, "especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves."
The report unveiled just two days before the Independence Day of United States on July 4th is inspired by the reports published by Google.
Twitter's Transparency Report is focuses on: government requests received for user information; government requests received to withhold content; and DMCA takedown notices received from copyright holders. It also provides "insight into whether or not we take action on these requests," Twitter said.
One of our goals is to grow Twitter in a way that makes us proud. This ideal informs many of our policies and guides us in making difficult decisions. One example is our long-standing policy to proactively notify users of requests for their account information unless we're prohibited by law; another example is transmitting DMCA takedown notices and requests to withhold content to Chilling Effects. These policies help inform people, increase awareness and hold all involved parties--including ourselves--more accountable; the release of our first Transparency Report aims to further these ambitions.
The data dates back to January 1, 2012. Twitter says, they've received more government requests from January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012, than in the entirety of 2011.
Twitter is also partnering with Herdict, to drive more traffic and exposure to Herdict, while also empowering the web community at large to help keep an eye on whether users can access Twitter around the world.
Herdict which "collects and disseminates real-time, crowdsourced information about Internet filtering, denial of service attacks, and other blockages."
Twitter also notes, that the company will be publishing an updated version of this information twice a year.