Facebook provides police with private conversations of US teen accused of illegal abortion, calls on netizens to leave the social network

The #DeleteFacebook (“Delete Facebook”) movement resumes in the US. The social network is accused of transmitting to the police the private conversations of two users under investigation for illegal abortion, causing Strong reactions on social networks. This case was revealed on Monday, August 8 Forbes and other American media.

Celeste Burgess, a 17-year-old American, and her mother Jessica are facing lawsuits after a teenage miscarriage in Nebraska, where abortion after twenty weeks of fertilization is prohibited. According to American Justice, the teen took an abortion pill after the legal deadline, then buried the fetus with the help of her mother.

The young woman is being prosecuted for “concealing or giving up a human body,” “concealing someone else’s death” and “falsely declaring,” her mother for “practicing an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy,” “performing an abortion by an unlicensed doctor,” and “ Hiding a human body.

The charges against the two women are based in particular on private messages exchanged on Facebook, which the social network has agreed to pass on to the authorities. The police used the data transmitted by Facebook to search the phones and computers of Americans, as documents revealed by a deputy showed (in English). On social networks, Internet users say they have deleted Facebook and invite other users to delete their accounts to protect their personal data.

A first wave of the #DeleteFacebook hashtag actually surfaced after the Supreme Court’s decision to allow every state to regulate and restrict access to abortion. Women organized themselves on social networks to send abortion pills by mail to countries where abortion is prohibited or severely restricted. Facebook said at the time that it would ban users from its platform who post messages intended to circumvent the law..

However, the Meta subsidiary has maintained skepticism about the possibility of transferring private conversations to the authorities for its users under investigation for abortion charges. Facebook’s collaboration with the police department that launched an investigation against Celeste and Jessica Burgess has left pro-choice activists concerned about the practice’s prevalence. from his side, Facebook defended itself by saying it had no knowledge that the investigation was related to an abortion.

Two months after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade, who has protected the right to abortion in the United States, abortion is completely prohibited in 10 states and limited to 6 weeks of pregnancy in four others.

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