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.
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...