Facebook Exec Jailed in Brazil as Court Seeks WhatsApp Data

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Media Outlet: Reuters

Rebecca MacKinnon was quoted in Reuters about the Facebook executive arrested in Brazil:

Arrests of officials from social media companies are extremely rare, though not unprecedented, because the companies typically comply with local court orders, especially from countries where they have branch offices.
“Precisely because these large global Internet companies have staff in many countries who are vulnerable to legal action including arrest and criminal charges, they generally do comply with legally binding requests from authorities for user data or to remove or block content in those countries where they have ‘boots on the ground,'” said Internet freedom activist Rebecca MacKinnon.

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Rebecca MacKinnon is director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America.