Monday, 3 December 2012

So It Goes

3 December 2012 Last updated at 17:02

Convicted paedophile [sic] seeks damages from Facebook

"A convicted child sex offender, who won a landmark court case forcing Facebook to take down a website page monitoring paedophiles [sic], is now seeking damages.

On Friday, Facebook was given 72 hours to take down the page 'Keeping our kids safe from predators', which had focused on paedophiles [sic] in Northern Ireland.

The man took the case after discovering that his photograph and threatening comments were posted on the page.

Facebook complied with the order, but a similar page appeared within hours.

The High Court judge who ordered the removal of the original page, Mr Justice McCloskey, held that the contents of the original version amounted to prima facie harassment of the man and risked infringing his human rights."

"When he issued the proceedings against Facebook, the man claimed harassment, misuse of private information, and a breach of his right to privacy and freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment.

Mr Justice McCloskey's written judgment discloses that one of the remedies being sought is a claim for damages against Facebook Ireland Ltd.

That issue has not been determined, with the ruling only on interim relief.

The court heard the man suffers from ill health and fears being attacked or burnt out of his home.

In a statement filed as part of his case he said: "I am in fear for my safety and in a state of constant anxiety as I believe if this material continues to be published it will only be a matter of time before the threats materialise into an attack on me or my home.


"The defendants are publishing comments intended to vilify me, some of which are directly threatening.

"By publishing this material about me, the defendants are providing a vehicle for others who may have criminal intent to gain information about where I live and to stir up hatred against me.""
Paedophile [sic] seeks damages from Facebook

December 5, 2012


English Judge strikes down Facebook page “Keeping our Kids Safe From Predators”

X v Facebook Ireland Ltd [2012] NIQB 96 (30 November 2012)

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