Thursday, July 06, 2017

Facebook fights U.S. gag order that it says chills free speech

Facebook Inc (FB.O) is challenging a gag order from a U.S. court that is preventing the company from talking about three government search warrants that it said pose a threat to freedom of speech, according to court documents.

Facebook said it wants to notify three users about the search warrants seeking their communications and information and also give those users an opportunity to object to the warrants, according to a filing in a Washington, D.C., appeals court seen by Reuters.

"We believe there are important First Amendment concerns with this case, including the government's refusal to let us notify three people of broad requests for their account information in connection with public events," Facebook said in a statement on Monday.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees certain rights including freedom of speech.

William Miller, a spokesman for U.S. prosecutors, declined to comment.

Facebook decided to challenge the gag order around the three warrants because free speech was at stake and because the events underlying the government's investigation were generally known to the public already, Facebook said in the undated court document.

Tech firms comply with thousands of requests for user data annually made by governments around the world, but in extraordinary circumstances, companies such as Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) have challenged government secrecy orders.



Anonymous said...

Must be lefty comments. Facebook would never defend the rights of conservatives.

Bird of Paradise said...

I don't have anything t do with Facebook at all they can continue to be the leftists water carriers

Anonymous said...

I don't have anything t do with Facebook

The average IQ at Facebook would go down if you did post there, and that is saying quite a lot given the average intelligence there now..

Anonymous said...

Facebook and free speech in one sentence is hard to reconcile.

Anonymous said...

So these idiots at Facebook believe that anyone with a search warrant against them should be notifies and have be given time to consult lawyers , raise an appeal in order to have time to destroy the evidence? What planet do these idiots live on? Why do we have media organisations that believe they are above the law still allowed to operate?