Justice Department asks Facebook for info on anti-Trump groups in warrants

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The Justice Department is demanding the private Facebook account information of political activists. As part of its investigation into violent Inauguration Day protests.

In three separate search warrants served to the social media giant in February. Trump administration lawyers sought troves of information from three Facebook users that includes private messages and personal identifying information.

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One of the users targeted by the warrants, Emmelia Talarico, who moderates the “disruptj20” Facebook page intended to help organize Inauguration Day protests said in a court filing. If Facebook complies with Trump administration’s demands. The government could gain access to the identities of about 6,000 other users. As well as her personal passwords and credit card information.

 Facebook contents for a period of more than 90 days.

The other two warrants pertain to the individual Facebook accounts of two others, Lacy MacAuley and Legba Carrefour.

The ACLU of Washington, D.C. filed a motion to quash the warrants. Arguing that demands were unnecessarily broad and would require Facebook to the accounts entire contents for a period of more than 90 days.

The warrants demand “all private messages, friend lists, status updates, comments, photos, video and other private information solely intended for the users’ Facebook friends and family, even if they have nothing to do with Inauguration Day,” the ACLU said.

“The warrants make no provision for avoiding or minimizing invasions into personal and associational/expression information. For preventing such information shared widely within the government. And for destroying irrelevant material when the investigation is concluded,” the filing reads.

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However, the Justice Department has issued a similar warrant to the web hosting platform DreamHost, seeking information on people who visited disruptj20.org.