Facebook forced into revealing identities of British cyberbullies
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 09/06/2012 14:36
A woman has won court backing to force Facebook to reveal the identities of cyberbullies who targeted her with a string of abusive messages on the website.
Nicola Brookes was granted a high court order after receiving "vicious and depraved" abuse on Facebook after she posted a comment in support of the former The X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza.
Fighting Cyberbullies With Laws and Laughter
In what is being described as a landmark case, a British woman has secured a court order obliging Facebook to reveal the identity of "cyberbullies" who targeted her with an online campaign of "vicious and depraved" abuse.
In a robust example of a victim fighting back, 45-year-old Nicola Brookes intends to use the information to mount a private prosecution against her tormentors.
Landmark ruling forces Facebook to drag cyberbullies into the open
A woman who was subjected to "vicious and depraved" abuse on Facebook has won a High Court legal battle to have her tormentors exposed, in a case believed to be among the first in Britain.
Nicola Brookes, 45, was targeted on the social networking website after she posted a comment supporting the former X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza when he was voted off the show last year. Her anonymous attackers set up a fake Facebook profile in her name, using her picture to post explicit comments, her solicitor explained. Frustrated at what she considered a lack of action by Sussex Police to help track the perpetrators, Ms Brookes, from Brighton, decided to take legal action. Her case went to the High Court in London, where an order was granted last week compelling Facebook to reveal the IP addresses and other information of those responsible.
Louise Mensch 'troll' fails to turn up at court for sentencing
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 60-year-old man who sent an offensive and threatening email to the Conservative MP Louise Mensch after he failed to turn up at court. Frank Zimmerman was due to be sentenced at Cheltenham magistrates court in Gloucestershire on Friday afternoon but did not appear.
At a hearing at Gloucester magistrates court in April he was found guilty, again in his absence, of sending by public communication network an offensive, indecent, obscene, menacing message or matter.
Facebook to release trolls' IP addresses
A mother who was tormented with abusive messages by so-called online trolls has won backing from the High Court to have the identities of those who targeted her disclosed.
Nicola Brookes, 45, faced "vicious and depraved" abuse on Facebook after she posted a comment supporting former X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza when he left the show last year.