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Would facebook provide any evidence under any circumstances if copies of a users posts etc were required, and to whom would they release this information, e.g. only law enforcement?

Also if a user deleted a post - would FB be able to prove a post ever existed?
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They required relevant request from relevant person
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They will only release information to the individual Facebook user with login credentials (so you), or to law enforcement officials. Other users cannot demand access to your posts / data. That is private to you.

Also if a user deleted a post - would FB be able to prove a post ever existed?  Yes.  

I am not sure if you alter a post whether they keep a history of alterations.

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Hi john

When you say yes to the 2nd question have you seen this in action e.g through law enforcement work or is this just common knowledge.
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What I meant to the second question is that if a legitimate authority wants a post for evidence that a user had deleted, then Facebook can retrieve that data.

Only you, Facebook, and law enforcement officials have access to your data.  

No, I have not seen it in action, but I have read about it in the news.
Facebook can provide data to law enforcement officials with right approvals and justification. It's government entity who study the case and conclude if Facebook data is necessary or not. Otherwise Facebook adhere to it's policies as per their terms and conditions to keep data private of every user. These kind information never disclose in public according my knowledge. I have also not seen it in action.
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-->>Also if a user deleted a post - would FB be able to prove a post ever existed?

On EE, nothing is ever truly deleted - just hidden from the sight of general membership.  Without being a Facebook employee myself, I would guess that Facebook has the *ability* to maintain posts in a similar fashion.
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Would facebook provide any evidence under any circumstances if copies of a users posts etc were required, and to whom would they release this information, e.g. only law enforcement?
Unless you're working with law enforcement, you're not really going to get too far with this one. I'm assuming you're talking about posts made by someone in their personal account. The only workaround that would be legal would if the said user made the error of having the post(s) be public.

Also if a user deleted a post - would FB be able to prove a post ever existed?
They would generally have backups or some way to restore, so there is a good chance that the answer is yes, but most of us aren't necessarily going to be able to say that we've seen this first hand. Goes back to the first question you had.

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