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Twitter is ordered to reveal user information

Saurya Cherfi and Ray Managh

Published 03/10/2015 | 02:30

The whistle-blower is seeking to identify a user who defamed him on social media
The whistle-blower is seeking to identify a user who defamed him on social media

A whistle-blower who took part in an RTÉ Prime Time programme, and who was allegedly defamed on social media afterwards, has asked the High Court to help direct the unmasking of the anonymous user.

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Stephen Walsh, of Crinken Glen, Shankill, Co Dublin, was granted an order directing Twitter to provide information that may lead to identifying the author of the tweet.

Barrister Daniel Fennelly told the High Court yesterday that Mr Walsh had been subject to alleged defamatory messages on Twitter.

He told Mr Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh that Mr Walsh was seeking information from Twitter International Company to help identify the anonymous user.

Judge Mac Eochaidh made an injunction prohibiting any person with access to the anonymous user's Twitter account from destroying the computer/phone from which the tweets were sent.

The court heard defamation proceedings will be issued against the anonymous user. The RTÉ programme, broadcast on July 16 last, investigated procurement practices in Irish hospitals.

Irish Independent

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