A woman from Nebraska, in the United States, has been accused of two felonies related to illegal abortion After the matrix of FacebookMeta Paltforms Inc.provide data and private conversations after a court order.
According to court documents, the search warrant was requested to determine if the woman had committed other crimes, among them hide the death of a person. Investigators, after accessing the defendant’s account, discovered information about the pregnancy of her daughter and the interruption of this in your private messages Messenger. In addition, the authorities were also able to investigate all account information, in images, audio and visual recordings and other data.
There was no mention in the petition. abortion-related crimesbut reference was made to a series of alleged crimes that included illegal burial of a stillborn baby. After analyzing the data, the document states that the information indicated that the accused helped her 17-year-old daughter obtain abortion pills to interrupt her pregnancy since, at that time, the daughter was pregnant with more than 20 weeks so the interrupt was already illegal in state. After the discovery, charges were added against her for a crime of illegal abortion.
Meta says she didn’t know
Andy Stone, a spokesman for Meta, took to Twitter to respond to the case and stressed that the authorities’ request He wasn’t talking about abortion.
“The court orders concerned charges related to a investigation criminal and court documents indicate that police at the time were investigating the case of a stillborn baby who was burned and buried, not a decision to abort,” Stone published on Tuesday. “Both arrest warrants were originally accompanied by non-disclosure orders, which prevented us from sharing any information about them. The warrants have now been lifted,” he added.
Uncertainty about requests
The case has caused quite a stir in the abortion rights advocateswho have already denounced the action that technological platforms will have to follow in the face of legal requests for personal information of users when dealing with issues such as reproductive health.
The largest search engine on the Internet, Googleannounced in July that its platform will automatically delete logs of users’ visits to sensitive places that they believe many people would prefer to remain private, such as abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, or counseling centers.
Yet the vast majority of tech companies have refused to say how will they act at the request of the police or the courts when require data that may be related to pregnancy.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.