Monday, November 26, 2012

IRELAND - Risk over Facebook 'name and shame' site

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First of all, these vigilantes do not know who is or isn't a pedophile, they thinks all sex offenders are pedophiles, which is not true. Facebook should deletes these vigilante sites, and the police need to arrest and prosecute the people who do this, and, this is why the registry needs to be offline, to stop vigilantism and murders.


A convicted sex offender who has been 'named and shamed' on a Facebook page created to "monitor" paedophiles in Northern Ireland has launched a legal bid to have it removed, it emerged on Monday.

The man, who cannot be identified, is also seeking an injunction to stop his photo and personal details from appearing on the social networking site.

He claims the case is urgent because the risk posed to him is both real and immediate.

Proceedings were brought before Belfast's High Court over the web page where the man, following his release from prison, found his photo had been posted alongside threatening comments.

Granted anonymity at this stage, the man was referred to in court only as XY. He is currently out on licence after serving a jail term for sexual offences and describes himself as being in poor health.

The man is seeking the termination by Facebook Ireland Ltd of the accounts of anyone who operates the page in question.

"The court will obviously have at the forefront of its mind the operation of well-established laws, including the law of defamation and the provisions of the Human Rights Act."

Mr Justice McCloskey

His lawyers argue that the company should also be restrained from permitting those responsible from publishing, distributing, broadcasting or disseminating any further information about him.

Facebook has already removed his photograph and the previous related comments.

A lawyer for the company told the court that the further relief being sought was neither necessary nor proportionate. But counsel for the plaintiff confirmed that he still wanted the page removed.

She said the litigation would also try to identify the "mischief makers" before deciding how to proceed against them.

"The case we are making is that Facebook should undertake to monitor," the man's lawyer added.

"The plaintiff recognises that is somewhat onerous, but we would seek a final injunction with regard to that."

Presiding judge Mr Justice McCloskey will hear full arguments from both sides later this week.

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