Tuesday 20 February 2018

Twitter removes sexually explicit bogus profile of teacher


Tim Healy and Mark O'Regan

TWITTER has been forced to take down sexually explicit and offensive photographs in a bogus profile of an Irish teacher that she had "not created or had anything to do with".

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said a friend told her last December that there was a profile on the social media website that featured a series of sexually explicit and offensive photographs and commentary about her.

She took a High Court action against Twitter International, with a registered address at Pearse Street in Dublin, after she alleged that she had been subject to "grossly defamatory and offensive sexually related pictures and tweets".

The judge said he had no doubt the profile site was totally defamatory and said it should have been taken down as a matter of urgency. He also ordered that the profile should not be identified by the media.

Twitter had denied any liability for posting of the pictures and tweets, but said it had removed the disputed material in compliance with the court orders.

Rossa Fanning BL, for Twitter International, told the court yesterday it had been agreed between the sides that the proceedings could be struck out with no order.

The judge struck out the matter as requested.

Irish Independent

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