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Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a Facebook developer conference in San Jose, California, on May 1, 2018. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

A Houston judge barred Facebook from implementing a new feature for users to clear their web-browsing histories from the site’s data troves, finding it would destroy evidence in a lawsuit by a young woman who claims a sex trafficker targeted her on the social media platform.

The jurist, 334th District Judge Tanya Garrison, late Thursday granted the Jane Doe plaintiff a temporary restraining order that restrains and enjoins Facebook from deleting website and application tracking data and implementing the new “Off-Facebook Activity” application in the United States. The app enables users to delete their own tracking data from Facebook.

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Angela Morris

Angela Morris is ALM Media's Texas litigation reporter. She covers lawsuits in all levels of Texas state and federal courts. Based in Austin, Morris earned journalism and government degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and since then, has worked primarily as a reporter and writer, but also has skills in videography, photography and podcasts. Follow her on Twitter at @AMorrisReports.

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