8 June 2012 - 4:57pm | posted by | 0 comments

Facebook to reveal identities of cyberbullies following High Court ruling

Facebook to reveal identities of cyberbullies following High Court rulingFacebook to reveal identities of cyberbullies following High Court

Facebook will have to reveal the identities of cyberbullies who mocked Nicola Brookes after the Brighton woman posted a comment in favour of X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza.

The trolls left comments falsely accusing Brookes of being a paedophile and a drug dealer for supporting the singer, who left the competition after he was caught boasting about ‘cocaine fuelled sex sessions’.

Facebook must now reveal the names, email and IP addresses of those who wrote the messages.

The social media network has said it will comply when it receives the court order.

Rupinder Bains, a partner at the law firm Bains Cohen which is representing Brookes, has suggested that social media networks charge users a small fee to join, in order to make them easier to identify in case of legal order.

What do you think? Should people need to pay to join social media sites to make it easier to track them? Do you think the names of trolls should be made public under court orders, or is it the duty of social media networks to maintain their privacy, no matter what they have done?

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