Twitter to share data with governments

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Twitter homepage AFP Twitter finished adding features that let users see who likes their posts and what the people they follow are doing at the popular microblogging network.

Twitter will provide biannual reports about US and foreign government demands for information about its users, just as Google has been doing for the past two years.

The first batch of data posted Monday on Twitter's website shows the online messaging service processed 849 government requests about its users during the first half of this year. Twitter says it gave officials at least part of what they wanted 63 percent of the time.

US government agencies accounted for most of the inquiries, with 679 requests.

Google Inc.'s most recent breakdown covered the final half of last year. The Internet search leader last month said governments submitted more than 18,500 requests for information about users during that period. More than one-third came from the US. - Sapa-AP

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