Facebook ordered to hand over troll IDs
8th Jun 2012 | 11:56
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Facebook is to release the identity of trolls who bullied a woman over the social network.
A court has ordered the social network to give up the information after Nicola Brookes was harassed for months by anonymous internet types.
Brookes' heinous crime? Supporting disgraced X-Factor brat Frankie Cocozza in a status update.
This sparked a flow of abuse, with one person allegedly creating a fake profile in her name and using it to send X-rated messages to other Facebookers.
The trolls also published Brookes' home address and stalked her across the internet.
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A spokesperson said, "There is no place for harassment on Facebook, but unfortunately a small minority of malicious individuals exist online, just as they do offline."
Facebook required the court order before it would hand over the perps' details – Rupinder Bains, Brookes' solicitor, explained, "Basically we need to show it's in the interests of justice... we need to prove the third party, namely Facebook, isn't just a mere witness but is in fact involved in the wrongdoing, albeit innocently, but they are involved.
"We were able to meet that criteria and hence the order was granted."