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Twitter-franceIN a similar way to Google, a report has been published by Twitter into the requests it receives for user date from governments around the world.

Its Twitter Transparency Report is a compilation of requests covering July 1 to December 31, 2012 and the French authorities have been knocking on Twitter's door.

In the last six months of 2012 there were 12 requests for user information, and interestingly Twitter did not comply with any of them.

But this could change as last week a French court ordered Twitter to identify users who had posted racist tweets on the site, although being a US-based service questions were raised on the influence the court can have.

Twitter's report is still in its very early stages so little can be drawn from these statistics, except in Europe France sits in second place for user requests behind the UK (25).

And both countries are a long way behind the US, which made 815 user requests of Twitter over the six month period.

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