On Friday 17 August 2012 the High Court in Belfast ordered Facebook to identify anonymous account holders anonymous posters responsible for abusive messages about a Belfast company and three of its employees. Mr Justice Weatherup also made an order anonymising the claimants on the basis that identification would only draw more public attention to them.
The Judge was told that the series of abusive messages attacking the Northern Ireland company had been posted on Facebook over several months, by people using pseudonyms. The claimants had been unable to find out who was sending the messages. Continue reading