Facebook Reports Increase in Government User Requests

Governments sought information on over 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of 2013 and the No.1 social network complied with most requests, the firm said in its first report on the scale of data inquiries it gets from countries around the world. The report follows allegations by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that practically every major Internet company -- including Facebook, Google Inc and Microsoft Corp -- routinely hands over troves of data on potentially millions of users to national intelligence agencies.