Techno Examiner: Facebook Gag Order For User Account Search Warrants

Techno Examiner: Facebook Gag Order For User Account Search Warrants by Juliana Dante:

Facebook is challenging a court order that prevents them from informing users that their accounts are being searched by authorities. Tech companies and civil liberties groups are in full support.

Gag Order

Federal government and Facebook are in a First Amendment fight over the gag order that disallows the company to notify its users of the search warrants for their accounts.

The online giant Facebook, received three search warrants from the government for three account records in a three-month period, say limited court records released. Accompanied with a nondisclosure order from a District of Columbia Superior Court judge, the warrants prevent Facebook from informing users before the company was forced to comply.

The details are still sealed. There’s talk that the warrants aided in mass arrests in Washington DC during the Trump inauguration. Several tech companies, civil liberty groups and consumer advocacy organizations, filed papers in support of Facebook’s fight against the gag order.

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