This week, it was revealed that the US Department of Justice served 3 search warrants that will potentially give it access to private information of thousands of anti-Trump Facebook users.


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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed search warrants that will allow it to access private Facebook details of 3 US citizens who are considered activists against US President Donald Trump’s administration. The warrants could potentially provide the DOJ information on thousands of Facebook users.

According to their attorneys, the 3 are “anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events and who are generally very critical of this administration’s policies.” One of the activists is Emmelia Talarico, who organized a Facebook page that discussed protests on Trump’s inauguration day. If the DOJ receives what it is looking for, it will also have access to some 6,000 users who liked the page, including their private passwords, credit card details and more.

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed an appeal against the warrants in Washington D.C.: “What is particularly chilling about these warrants is that anti-administration political activists are going to have their political associations and views scrutinized by the very administration they are protesting.”

According to reports, the search warrants were already filed in February, but were under a gag order so even the activists didn’t know about them. Only this month, the gag order was dropped after Facebook fought against it.