Imprisoning 17-year-old girls, that’s social media
Facebook provided user information to Nebraska police, leading directly to the prosecution of a 17-year-old girl for alleged crimes related to ordering abortion pills online.
The notworking social team didn’t even bother to challenge the order she just gave the teenagers, direct messages to the cops, who are now charging the girl with three felonies for using a mail-order abortion pill and buried the aborted fetus.
Apparently, a detective in Nebraska got it into his head that a young girl gave birth to a stillborn child prematurely and murdered him. He had no reason to suspect this, but on a hunch he decided to exhume the body.
An autopsy showed that the fetus had never had air in its lungs, which did not prove his case at all. But he wasn’t going to let that get in the way of his investigation and he was pretty sure the girl had done something, so he asked Meta to provide all of the girl’s Facebook posts, photos and other data for “statements that could indicate whether the baby was stillborn or asphyxiated.”
Meta provided posts where the teenager discussed taking an abortion drug that has been illegal in Nebraska since the US Supreme Court ruled that states, not women, decide whether they want to reproduce or not.
Based on this information, police raided the family’s home, seizing six smartphones and seven laptops, with data such as internet history and emails totaling 24 gigabytes. Among this treasure, investigators hope to find proof that a teenager is ordering abortion pills. Not exactly a choking child, but the detective could be proud of the fact that he had uncovered a “true crime” after all. If you look closely, everyone has committed a crime, and it’s pretty clear that Facebook will help the police find it.
Now the 17-year-old is on trial as an adult for performing an abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, performing an abortion without a license, concealing a corpse, concealing a person’s death and making a false statement.
Until the detective received the Facebook messages, there was no evidence of a crime beyond the improper disposal of an aborted fetus. The detective’s asphyxiation theory, based solely on the presence of a plastic bag, was inconsistent with the autopsy evidence, which supported the girl’s story.
Meta has previously challenged court orders regarding user information. Facebook’s policy on disputing a request for user data is that if the request does not comply with applicable law or their policies, or is legally deficient or overbroad, the company will dispute or will adapt the information it provides.
Meta claims to be shocked by the case because nothing in the valid warrants he received from local law enforcement in early June, before the Supreme Court ruling, mentioned abortion.
The warrants were for charges related to a criminal investigation and court documents say police at the time were investigating the case of a stillborn baby who was burned and buried, not a decision to abort. But you have to believe both the police and the word of Meta for this.