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Facebook In Court Over Troll Unmasking

Facebook is being taken to court by a UK woman in the hope of unmasking the identities of the anonymous trolls who targeted her on the social network.

However, forty-five year old Nicola Brookes doesn't have an issue with Facebook itself, it's more about the malicious users bullying the Brighton resident - but should Facebook comply, in what could possibly be the first case of its kind in the UK, Ms Brookes intends to use this data to prosecute the trolls who created a fake account in her name.

Ms Brookes found herself the victim of a cyber hate campaign, facing accusations of being a paedophile as well as sent death messages - all stemming from a supportive message she left on an X Factor contestant's Facebook page.

"They started getting very personal, looking at my Facebook account, and talking about my appearance, my age and my illness. I hadn't invited any of it, but they ganged together and started inciting a sort of public hatred of me," Ms Brookes told The Telegraph.

The situation worsened after a fake profile was made in her name, with explicit messages sent from the account to young girls.

Whilst Ms Brookes has both brought the case to court and reported the matter to police, no action has yet been taken.

"A criminal offence has been committed and the police should be involved hunting down these perpetrators, but no such assistance is provided," she explained.

Should Ms Brookes prove successful in retrieving such information, her landmark case could serve as an example for other social media legal wrangles. Yet should she fail, this could set a precedent to ignore such complaints.

Source: TNW

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