Federal prosecutors must scale back their search of Facebook accounts connected to protests during President Trump’s inauguration to protect private data unrelated to the ongoing probe, a judge in Washington has ruled.
“The risk for disclosure of private political speech and association of innocent persons to the government cannot be ignored and therefore additional protections are necessary,” according to D.C. Superior Court Chief Robert E. Morin.
The ruling is the latest development in a legal battle over the government’s request to search three Facebook accounts, including that of a political group that helped plan the Jan. 20 demonstrations. More than 200 people were arrested and are facing felony rioting charges connected to the protests that injured police and damaged property in an area of downtown Washington.
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