Saturday 20 January 2018

Woman wins bid to unmask bullies on Facebook

Terri Judd

A woman who was subjected to "vicious and depraved" abuse on Facebook has won a UK High Court battle to have her tormentors exposed.

It is believed to be one of the first cases where an individual has successfully taken legal action against the social networking website to reveal the identities of cyberbullies.

Nicola Brookes (45) was targeted after she posted a comment supporting 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 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.

Ms Brookes, a single mother from Brighton, now intends to bring private prosecutions against her abusers.

"I'm going for the strongest possible prosecution against these people," she said yesterday. "I want them exposed. They exposed me and they invaded my life. I didn't ask for it.

"They wanted a reaction from me and now they have got it." (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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