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According to Department of Justice sources, Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of Americans who questioned the 2020 election results and reporting them to the FBI.

Since the election, Facebook has worked in conjunction with the FBI to report on "subversive" private messages, sending them to the FBI's domestic terrorism operational unit, supposedly in redacted form, a direct violation of Americans' First and Fourth Amendment rights.

One of the sources told the New York Post:
"It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause. Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena.

"These private messages then have been farmed out as 'leads' to FBI field offices around the country, which subsequently requested subpoenas from the partner US Attorney's Office in their district to officially obtain the private conversations that Facebook already had shown them."
However, when FBI agents in local field offices investigated the targeted Facebook users, they found nothing criminal or violent. "It was a waste of our time," one source said. Everyone targeted by Facebook and reported to the FBI were "conservative right-wing individuals."
"They were gun-toting, red-blooded Americans [who were] angry after the election and shooting off their mouths and talking about staging protests. There was nothing criminal, nothing about violence or massacring or assassinating anyone. As soon as a subpoena was requested, within an hour, Facebook sent back gigabytes of data and photos. It was ready to go. They were just waiting for that legal process so they could send it."
Facebook parent company Meta denies the allegations.

Erica Sackin, a Meta spokeswoman, claimed:
"These claims are false because they reflect a misunderstanding of how our systems protect people from harm and how we engage with law enforcement. We carefully scrutinize all government requests for user information to make sure they're legally valid and narrowly tailored and we often push back. We respond to legal requests for information in accordance with applicable law and our terms and we provide notice to users whenever permitted."
But, an hour later, she added another statement, contradicting the first one:
"These claims are just wrong. The suggestion we seek out peoples' private messages for anti-government language or questions about the validity of past elections and then proactively supply those to the FBI is plainly inaccurate and there is zero evidence to support it."
According to the Post, Sackin is
"a DC-based crisis response expert who previously worked for Planned Parenthood and 'Obama for America' and now leads Facebook's communications on 'counterterrorism and dangerous organizations and individuals.'"
The FBI neither confirmed nor denied the allegations.

These allegations come in the wake of recent reports that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg had close communication with Dr. Fauci in an effort to censor information during the pandemic, as well as Zuckerberg's revelation last month that the FBI warned Facebook there was going to be Russian disinformation during the 2020 presidential election, which Zuckerberg claims prompted Facebook decision to bury the Hunter Biden laptop story.
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