Watchdogs of Switzerland’s Federal Court of Justice are investigating a number of Facebook users who allegedly posted videos online of themselves watching a political debate.
The court issued a warrant to a Facebook user in late May, asking for details about the videos and identifying any individuals involved in the posting.
According to the Swiss Federal Office of the Prosecutor, a search of the Facebook user’s account revealed videos that allegedly showed him watching a debate between former president Sebastian Kurz and Green Party candidate Anna Löfven.
The videos were posted in the hours between May 21 and May 22, 2016, according to a statement issued by the prosecutor on Thursday.
The search of Facebook and YouTube, which the court said was conducted in cooperation with Facebook’s Swiss subsidiary, YouTube, also found videos that appeared to show the same debate.
Lösse, who is running for the Green Party nomination in the 2017 election, was speaking at a conference of the Social Democrats in Geneva when she was interrupted by a male speaker who asked whether she would like to discuss Kurz’s policies.
Kurz, who has since been expelled from the party, has previously called for a ban on Muslim immigrants to Switzerland and to ban burqa bans in the country.
Lohse said in the video that she had watched the debate with her family and asked the woman if she wanted to watch it.
“It was just a really emotional moment,” she said.
“And that’s why I watched it.
It was an emotional moment.
It felt really important.”
Löcke’s video had been viewed more than 1.2 million times by Monday afternoon.
A spokesperson for the Federal Office for the Prosecutor declined to comment on the case.
The video was first reported by the local newspaper Schweizerbart.com, which said the woman who filmed the debate and who also uploaded the video had a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
The prosecutor said the account had been inactive since early March.
“In accordance with the warrant, we are investigating whether there is any link between the alleged posting of the video and the defendant’s membership in the Green party,” the prosecutor said.
Facebook said it was working with the Federal Prosecutor’s office to determine the scope of the investigation.
“We’ve been working closely with the prosecutors office on this issue for some time and we continue to cooperate with them on their work,” Facebook said in a statement.
The Swiss Federal Court is a constitutional court in Switzerland that is tasked with protecting the right to freedom of expression.
Facebook declined to give details on the nature of the allegations.
In a statement, the court did not specifically refer to the video but said it would investigate any activity that violated the privacy of users and that it would consider a range of options.
“The court will not hesitate to use all legal and other means to protect the rights of citizens,” the statement read.