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Delete Facebook’ trending on Social media after Cops Use Messages to Prosecute Teen for an Abortion

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According to court records, Facebook’ parent company Meta provided the information after receiving a search request.

What was the search request on Facebook?

After receiving a search order, Facebook parent company Meta turned up texts between a minor accused of having an unlawful abortion and her mother to Nebraska police. Before Roe v. Wade, the famous 1973 ruling establishing abortion rights, was overturned by the US Supreme Court, Norfolk, Nebraska, police launched their investigation in April. Concerns concerning the potential use of web data as criminal evidence against people seeking abortions have been raised in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Is the daughter, 17, doing well now?

According to an earlier article from The Lincoln Journal Star, 41-year-old Jessica Burgess is being prosecuted for allegedly assisting her daughter, who was 17 at the time, in planning an abortion, burning, and burying her unborn child. The mother will stand trial in Madison County District Court after entering a not-guilty plea. (CNET withholds the daughter’s name; she was a juvenile when the claimed abortion occurred.) According to court filings, the adolescent told a Norfolk Police detective that she miscarried and delivered a stillborn. Police discovered from the teen’s medical records that she was more than 23 weeks pregnant at the time because Nebraska forbids most abortions 20 weeks after fertilisation.


The youngster scrolled through conversations on her Facebook Messenger account from April when she was attempting to gain her mother’s attention, as the investigator questioned her about the timing of the miscarriage. After that, the detective discovered the mother’s and daughter’s Facebook profiles.

What was in the Facebook conversation?

Ben McBride, a detective for the Norfolk Police Division. As stated in an affidavit defending the search warrant to Meta. “I know from prior training and experience, and conversations with other experienced criminal investigators. People involved in criminal activity frequently have conversations regarding their criminal activities through various social networking sites, i.e. Facebook. According to the paper, the detective thinks Meta’s property is being used to store or secure evidence. Related to illegal activities involving skeletal remains.

The detective specified the Facebook information. Such as images and private messages, that he was looking for in connection with the inquiry. According to court filings, the authorities were subsequently able to seize more than 50,000 KB of data. Linked to Jessica Burgess’ account and more than 250,000 KB of data. Connected to the adolescent’s Facebook account, including account information, photographs, videos, and messages.


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