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Facebook said it resisted a significant number of demands for information where it found "legal deficiencies" and "overly broad or vague requests".
According to the report:
- American agents submitted between 11,000 and 12,000 demands for information relating to between 20,000 and 21,000 users or accounts.
- India made the second highest number of requests at 3,245
- British authorities made 1,975 information requests
- Germany made 1,886.
Colin Stretch, of Facebook, said Mark Zuckerberg's site chose to publish the data to "make sure that the people who use our service understand the nature and extent of the requests we receive".
The British Government made nearly 2,000 demands for information about Facebook users in the first half of this year, the social network said.
The site complied with 68% of the requests which related to 2,337 accounts, according to its latest report.
Facebook said agents in 74 countries sought information on some 38,000 users of the service in the six-month period - with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States.