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Other social media back Facebook in NYC dispute

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users’ postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians.

“With the burgeoning tech industry in New York, the need to protect the privacy of users has never been greater,” said Richard Holwell, a former federal judge who’s now in private practice and representing the four tech companies, all New York-based.

“Prosecutors have a right and a responsibility to collect evidence in criminal cases, wherever that information is stored,” Joan Vollero, spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office, said Monday.

A Manhattan judge approved the 381 warrants in July 2013, saying law enforcement has authority to search massive amounts of material to seek evidence.