Facebook Hands Over Troll Names In U.K.

By Julie D. Andrews 

In a landmark ruling, a 45-year-old English woman triumphed over Facebook tormentors when she obtained a court order from the British High Court mandating their exposure.

She is reportedly the first person to file a court case requesting that the names of those who terrorized her on the social network be revealed, The Daily Mail reported.

The troubles ignited when the mother, while watching “The X Factor” with her daughter, logged into then-exiting contestant Frankie Cocozza’s Facebook page to offer a support post after he was ridiculed.

According to the woman’s solicitor, the trolls then made her the target of their malicious acts. They set up a phony Facebook profile with her name on it and made her appear as a child abuser. They began posting disturbing messages aimed at young girls. An enraged public, believing the page to be legit, began harshly criticizing the woman’s looks (she suffers from an appearance-altering condition). On Mother’s Day, her home address was posted. Later, she received death threats.

A Facebook representative told The Daily Mail:

There is no place for harassment on Facebook, but unfortunately, a small minority of malicious individuals exists 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.

And a police spokesman told the newspaper:

We have looked at the material sent to us, and we have told Facebook to remove anything offensive or abusive toward her.

Facebook did not contest the order, and it has four weeks to produce the materials. The victim told The Daily Mail Facebook did more to help than the police.

Here is the particularly applicable kicker: She remains on Facebook.

Readers: Was Facebook right to turn over the information?

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