Facebook aided U.S. government in requests for information

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1371509607&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4099894&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1371509607 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Facebook says it received thousands of requests for user information from the U.S. government in 2012.

The popular social media site also says that it complied with those requests.

Facebook says in the second half of 2012, it had between 9,000 and 10,000 requests targeting 19,000 accounts.

Those requests included help finding missing children, tracking federal fugitives, information about local crimes and even terrorist threats.

Facebook isn’t the only company that received requests, though.

Microsoft received between 6,000 and 7,000 similar warrants, subpoenas and orders on 32,000 consumer accounts.

Both companies released the information with permission from the government.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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