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Facebook Judge Poised to Block Media Access to Internal Records

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Facebook Inc. is poised to win a ruling blocking the release of thousands of pages of internal documents -- and spare itself further bruising over user privacy.

A California state judge tentatively ruled Wednesday against an app developer and media organizations that are seeking public release of a trove of company records and emails that were filed in a lawsuit. Some of the material relates to how Facebook executives developed policies and practices on privacy in recent years.