updated 5/12/2010 5:45:58 PM ET 2010-05-12T21:45:58

A judge in the Argentine province of Mendoza has ordered Facebook to shut groups created by minors to organize mass truancy from school.

The order by judge Alfredo Dantiacq Sanchez comes after more than 2,000 adolescents in schools across the province's capital skipped classes and met in a plaza April 30. The mass truancy was organized on a Facebook group whose name translates to "Who will join the great Mendozan ditch-school day?"

The order was a response to an appeal by a civic group seeking to stop the creation of Facebook groups by minors with the aim of promoting truancy.

The judge ordered not just the closing of that Facebook group, but others that promote harmful objectives.

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