Zuckerberg’s social network, Facebook, has warned its users to “stay calm and not panic” following the FBI’s announcement that it was looking into allegations that the company had deleted posts by its users in violation of federal law.
The FBI announced on Tuesday that it is examining claims that Facebook deleted posts about the Orlando nightclub shooting that occurred during the week leading up to the June 2016 attack, when it allegedly shared the information to help it locate Mateen, who was killed by police.FBI Director James Comey said in a statement that he would not be releasing further details until he received a formal request from the company.
“The FBI will not comment on any ongoing investigation, but as part of its broader investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, we will not be providing additional information about the investigation at this time,” Comey said.
“However, it is important to note that we continue to have nothing to gain by discussing the matter.”
He added that the FBI would continue to provide the public with information.FBI spokesman Ryan Trapani said in an email to CNN that it had been “very difficult to get any clarification” from Facebook on the matter.
The social media giant has said it deleted the posts because they violated federal law by revealing information about a crime.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he was “extremely concerned” about the FBI request and had been working closely with investigators to help them understand the allegations.
The company’s Facebook Live video chat app has also been the subject of multiple legal probes.
In August, a federal grand jury in New York announced it had subpoenaed video chat logs from a number of Facebook users in the investigation into the 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Facebook has not yet commented on the FBI investigation, although its statement said: “As with all investigations, we are committed to following all legal process and will continue to share any information that may be needed.”