Facebook will identify cyber-bullies

Names, IPs and email addresses of online bullies to be handed over

June 11, 2012

A Brighton woman has won a court case to have the identities of the cyber-bullies who harassed her on Facebook revealed.

Nicola Brookes was subjected to a torrent of abuse after posting supportive message relating to Frankie Cocozza, the X-Factor (and later Big Brother) contestant. Cocozza is highly unpopular in some circles, and the woman provoked the anger of Frankie-haters with her post.

Except these people went way further than most incidents of this nature, subsequently creating a fake Facebook profile for Brookes, which was used to make her look like a drug dealer and paedophile.

Apparently the online attacks went on for months.

Brookes has won an order from the high court to have Facebook reveal the names, IP and email addresses of the parties who bullied her. She will now apparently take a private prosecution forward against at least four of these people.

According to the Guardian, Brookes said: “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.”

Facebook issued a statement to say: “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.”

Comedian Isabel Fay, in conjunction with the Clever Pie team, has just posted up a clever little video on YouTube – having a pop at her online haters – which has gained much attention and positive praise.


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