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Other social media back Facebook in NYC dispute

August 11, 2014

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Facebook's fight against Manhattan prosecutors over 381 search warrants for users' postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies.

Lawyers for Foursquare, Kickstarter, Meetup, and Tumblr said Monday they're seeking to join the clash on Facebook's side. One attorney, Richard Holwell, says that given New York's growing tech industry, it's increasingly crucial to protect users' privacy.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties union also are backing Facebook.

The warrants were issued during a sweeping disabilities-benefit fraud investigation. Facebook ultimately turned over the information but is appealing the court order that required it to do so.

A judge has said the search warrants were justified.

A Manhattan district attorney's office spokeswoman says prosecutors have a responsibility to collect evidence, wherever it's stored.


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