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Facebook took down an armed New Mexico group's accounts. Prosecutors say it deleted key evidence.

In June 2020, a group of men in military-style camouflage, armed with assault rifles, confronted protesters who wanted to topple a statue of a Spanish conquistador in Albuquerque, N.M. Shots rang out, and a protester was wounded.

Demonstrators climb the statue of Don Juan de Onate in Old Town in Albuquerque, N.M., while an armed member of the New Mexico Civil Guard stands by. One man was shot during an exchange between protesters and armed members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, a civilian group trying to protect the monument. Foto: Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP

Though the alleged shooter apparently wasn't a member of the armed group, which calls itself the New Mexico Civil Guard, prosecutors accused the organization of fomenting the violence and sought a civil injunction to bar it from acting as a paramilitary organization at future public demonstrations.

That case hit an unexpected snag, however: Facebook's own crackdown on extremist groups...

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