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Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground

A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge's order to share with the new owner the passwords of the business' Facebook and Twitter accounts, which the judge had declared property. "It's all about silencing my voice," said Alcede, who was released in May after turning over the information. "... Any 3-year-old can look at this and tell this is my Facebook account and not the company's." ...

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