Department of Justice Wants Anti-Trump Facebook User Information

The Justice Department has requested Facebook provide information on activists involved with the “DisruptJ20” protests which occurred during President Trump’s inauguration. The American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that the request not only chills free speech, but also gives the DPJ unfettered access to thousands of personal records. “And the political and associational material implicated—what political events the Intervenors organized and attended, who else was there, what they hoped to accomplish, and their political beliefs and associational affiliations themselves—would make government agents privy to posts discussing and debating political opinions, proposing organizing strategies, or identifying individuals associated with certain groups and causes, including groups and causes antithetical to the current Administration on whose behalf the investigating agents are acting.”

ACLU brief