Facebook has found itself embroiled in a dispute with German state authorities following allegations that it did not cooperate with criminal investigations.

The social network has released a statement denying claims made by the country s spy chief, and echoed by regional ministers, who are calling for a law to be passed regarding the handover of social media data.

Facebook insists that it provided round-the-clock assistance to authorities in the wake of a series of violent attacks in Munich, Wuerzburg and Ansbach last month.

The social network s transparency report calculates that it received a total of 16,000 information requests from Germany over the last three years.

In 2015, Facebook produced data for 42% of requests from the country, in comparison to 54% in France and 82% in Britain, reports Reuters.

German officials say this lack of compliance has to change, especially when inquires relate to terror suspects.

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