Lawyers and human rights advocates are challenging the way Facebook discriminates against people with disabilities.
In one lawsuit, Mark J. Johnson of Los Angeles is challenging the company’s use of “disabilities as a reason for deactivating” his account.
Facebook has denied that it has such a policy, and the company has argued that it is not a matter of privacy or a matter that could be discussed in court.
Johnson is seeking damages for lost earnings and the cost of medical care.
In another lawsuit, a man in New York is suing Facebook for failing to provide him with access to his account after he lost it in a fire, and for failing his disabled wife to get access to it.
The company says it is protecting the privacy of its users, but Johnson has been unable to obtain a court order forcing it to.
Facebook has previously said that the company does not allow the deletion of people’s accounts based on their disability.
“If you are a person who has a disability, you can’t delete your account,” said a spokesperson.
“We make sure that everyone who wants to remove their account has access to the system.”
The company also said it does not deactivate people with disability based on race, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, or genetic information.