THE UK HIGH COURT has compelled Facebook to hand over IP addresses belonging to some of its more odious users.
The users found themselves unable to use Facebook without turning it into a cesspool of foul language, bad behaviour and threats, all of which they targeted at one woman who had the misfortune to write a comment in support of someone called Frankie Cocozza.
That woman, Nicola Brookes, suffered so much abuse at the hands of keyboard assailants that she took her case to the High Court, and asked it to order Facebook to hand over the IP addresses of her assailants and other identifiable information like their names and email addresses.
“Facebook users began deliberately targeting me, writing under my comment that I was a paedophile and hoping that I would die,” she told the Telegraph.
“They started getting very personal, looking at my Facebook account, and talking about my appearance, my age and my illness. I hadn’t invited any of it, but they ganged together and started inciting a sort of public hatred of me.”
Facebook has confirmed the facts, and explained that it is happy to comply with legal requests. “There is no place for harassment on Facebook, but unfortunately a small minority of malicious individuals exist online, just as they do offline,” said a Facebook spokesman.
“We respect our legal obligations and work with law enforcement to ensure that such people are brought to justice.”
Source : The Inquirer