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Justice Department Wants Facebook Anti-Trump Users' Accounts

Justice Department Wants Facebook Anti-Trump Users' Accounts
The Justice Department wants access to Facbook users who liked an anti-Trump page. (Marcin Winnicki/Dreamstime)

By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 03:20 PM

The Justice Department wants to see the accounts of thousands of Facebook members who "liked" an anti-Trump page on the site and has filed search warrants to gain access to the accounts.

The Washington D.C. ACLU office is fighting the warrants because of invasion of privacy concerns.

“Opening up the entire contents of a personal Facebook page for review by the government is a gross invasion of privacy,” senior staff ACLU attorney Scott Michelman said, NBC News reported, adding that doing so would have a chilling effect on political activity protected by the First Amendment.

Prosecutors obtained the warrants as part of an investigation into those who broke laws during protests of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, NBC reported. The website DisruptJ20.org was used to organize a “violent riot,” prosecutors argue.

The DisruptJ20 Facebook page, which has since been renamed Resist This, was liked by nearly 6,000 users whose pages all could be investigated under the warrants, NBC reported.

The ACLU claims prosecutors are seeking information that isn’t relevant to the investigation. The data requested goes back to Nov. 1, 2016, the New York Post reported.

Emmelia Talarico, who ran the DisruptJ20 page, is also fighting the warrant, arguing the government shouldn’t have access to her “personal passwords, security questions and answers, and credit card information,” as well as “the private lists of invitees and attendees to multiple political events sponsored by the page,” the Post reported.

Facebook has not confirmed whether or not it will comply with the warrants, according to NBC.

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The Justice Department wants to see the accounts of thousands of Facebook members who "liked" an anti-Trump page on the site and has filed search warrants to gain access to the accounts.
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