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Old 06-10-2012, 12:36 AM
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A mother who was tormented with abusive messages by so-called online trolls has won backing from the High Court to have the identities of those who targeted her disclosed.
Nicola Brookes, 45, faced "vicious and depraved" abuse on Facebook after she posted a comment supporting former X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza when he left the show last year.
Her anonymous tormentors set up a fake Facebook profile in her name using her picture to post explicit comments and lure young girls, said her solicitor Rupinder Bains.
Frustrated at what she considered a lack of action by her local police force, Sussex Police, to help track the perpetrators, Ms Brookes took legal action.
She took her case to the High Court in London where an order was granted last week compelling Facebook to reveal the IP addresses and other information of the people who had abused her.
Once they have been identified, Ms Brookes, a single mother who suffers from Crohn's disease, intends to bring a private prosecution against the abusers.
Ms Brookes, from Brighton, East Sussex, said: "I'm going for the strongest possible prosecution against these people. I want them exposed. They exposed me and they invaded my life."
Sussex Police said they asked Facebook to remove any abusive posts about Ms Brookes and said their investigation was still continuing and had been reviewed.
A police spokesman said: "As Facebook is an international website, millions of people from all over the world use it. We need to gather evidence to prove who the person is for a successful prosecution to take place. Officers examine any such allegations of bullying, harassment or malicious communication and every case is taken seriously."
A Facebook spokesman said: "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."
The Press Association: Court backs victim's 'troll' fight

On another level, I find this ironic.
There are a variety of stories regarding Facebook failing to respect privacy, and companies in a variety of venues selling information on consumers to the government and other companies.

Perhaps I should be thankful Facebook is trying to respect privacy?
Or maybe it's more realistically a situation where Nicola Brookes isn't giving them a check to give over private user information...
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