TOKYO: According to a recent report from Twitter, Japan was the leading requestor for having online posts taken in the first half of 2021, accounting for 43 percent of all legal demands received from around the world during the period.

Between January and June of last year, the US social media giant received 43,387 court orders and other formal demands from governmental entities and lawyers representing individuals to remove content, with 18,518 of them coming from Japan, according to the company’s latest biannual transparency report.

According to the report, 93 percent of the requests from Japan were for laws relating to narcotics and drug control, obscenity, or financial crimes.

According to the report, the number of legal demands from Japan climbed by 11% in the first six months of 2020, compared to the second half of the previous year.

In both the first and second halves of 2020, the country, which is Twitter’s second-largest market behind the United States, was also the world’s top requestor.

According to the research, Japan and four other countries — Russia, Turkey, India, and South Korea — accounted for 95 percent of the requests.

Russia, which placed in second place after Japan, accounted for 25% of all global legal requests, with 71% of them relating to its laws against the advocacy of suicide.

Following Russia was Turkey, which accounted for 13% of the total.

When tweets, among other things, contravene local legislation, legal action is taken. Before deciding whether or not to comply, Twitter considers the demands.

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