Facebook takes on U.S. government in gag order fight

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 20:50:33-04

Facebook is appealing a gag order that is preventing the company from notifying three users about search warrants targeting their accounts obtained by the U.S. government.

The giant social-media company argues the court’s order poses a threat to freedom of speech.

Mark Silverstein with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado says keeping account holders in the dark is unconstitutional.

“Facebook couldn't disclose the fact that the warrant was issued to the Facebook subscribers, because the warrant came with no disclosure order," said ACLU Lawyer, Mark Silverstein.

Silverstein says the constitutional rights that are at issue is the fourth Amendment right.  

The ACLU has filed a friend- of-the-court-brief informing the courts of the violations. 

While the precise nature of the government's investigation is not known, the ACLU says it involves a felony case in Washington D.C.