Facebook ordered to reveal identities of cyberbullies
The case involves Nicola Brookes, a Brighton, U.K. woman who was the victim of "vicious and depraved" abuse on Facebook, the Guardian reports.
Brookes was reportedly targeted by cyberbullies on Facebook after she posted a "comment in support of the former The X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza."
Using fake Facebook accounts, the alleged cyberbullies falsely called Brookes a pedophile and drug dealer. Brookes plans to take action by filing a lawsuit against four of the cyberbullies.
The court order was given on May 30. Once received, it's been reported that Facebook will cooperate with authorities.
"I want them exposed. They exposed me and they invaded my life," Brookes told the Guardian. "I didn't ask for it. They wanted a reaction from me and now they have got it."
Facebook responded to the case with the following statement:
"There is no place for harassment on Facebook, but unfortunately a small minority of malicious individuals exist online, just as they do offline. We respect our legal obligations and work with law enforcement to ensure that such people are brought to justice."
Brookes' case is believed to be the first in which Facebook has been successfully ordered to reveal the identities of cyberbullies.
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