Thursday 19 July 2018

President of Djibouti is taking Facebook Ireland to court over 'offensive comments' on the site

Ismal Omar Guelleh. Picture: Facebook
Ismal Omar Guelleh. Picture: Facebook

Aodhan O'Faolain

The president of the African state of Djibouti has brought a legal challenge against Facebook Ireland over what he claims are offensive posts on the social media site about him.

The matter was briefly mentioned before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan at the High Court Tuesday today.

The case was adjourned for a week on consent between the parties.

In his action, President Ismael Omar Guelleh seeks several orders including one restraining Facebook Ireland from publishing or continuing to publish the content of certain Facebook accounts, and that the accounts be suspended pending the full hearing of the action.

He also wants Facebook to close the accounts and remove what he alleges is the offending material.

He further seeks orders directing Facebook to disclose to him the identities, names, e-mail accounts, telephone numbers, postal address and IP addresses of those associated with the social accounts complained of.

President Guelleh (68) has been President of Djibouti since 1999 when he took over from his uncle, who was the nation's first leader after it obtained independence in the 1970's.

Also known by his initials IOG, he has been re-elected on two occasions since coming to power.

Facebook Ireland is the social media's designated data processor for all accounts outside the US and Canada.

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