When is a Facebook 'like' a crime?

Monday, 23 October 2017, 08:12:19 PM. Federal prosecutors in Washington appear willing to limit the scope of search warrants for the Facebook accounts of local activists connected to protests of
Federal prosecutors in Washington appear willing to limit the scope of search warrants for the Facebook accounts of local activists connected to protests of President 's inauguration. The U.S. attorney's office for a District of Columbia told a judge earlier this month that the government has "little interest" in obtaining the names of thousands of people who "liked" the Facebook page of a political group that helped plan the Jan. 20 demonstrations, and agreed to narrow the timeline for photos the government is seeking as part of its investigation. The statement from Assistant U.S. attorney John Borchert came during a hearing in which civil liberties attorneys said the warrants were too broad and would have a "chilling effect" on political organizing by revealing private information about individuals unrelated to the investigation. More than 200 people were arrested and are facing felony rioting charges in connection to the Inauguration Day protests that injured police and damaged property in an area of downtown Washington. D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Morin proposed limiting the searches to certain keywords and expressed concern about sweeping up irrelevant information, but he noted that another judge had signed off on the initial warrants, finding "probable cause" that the accounts contained evidence of criminal activity. Morin pressed the prosecutor about why investigators would want access to the names of users who "liked" certain posts or photos in the lead-up to the...Read more
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