In spite of recent events, Facebook decided to make a statement revealing the amount of data requests they received from the US governement in the second half of 2012 - That figure lies between 9,000 and 10,000.

While the social network tried to reassure users that the company "aggressively protects" user data, there was no mention of how many, if any, requests were fulfilled.

In the statement, it was claimed that the requests ranged from "a local sheriff trying to find a missing child" to a "national security official investigating a terrorist threat".

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Image Credits: Paul Butler / Facebook intern

"We've reiterated in recent days that we scrutinise every government data request that we receive - whether from state, local, federal, or foreign governments," Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot wrote on behalf of the company.

"We will continue to be vigilant in protecting our users' data from unwarranted government requests, and we will continue to push all governments to be as transparent as possible."

Facebook attempted to soften the blow by telling users users that the requests only included some 18,000 - 19,000 accounts, which are a "tiny fraction" compared to its 1.1 billion active monthly users - not that that is any consolation.

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