Facebook Settles in Revenge-Porn Lawsuit

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zukerberg
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Facebook has settled amicably a case in which the network was prosecuted for allowing the publishing of naked photos of a young Northern Irish girl, confirmed Wednesday the lawyer of the girl.

Pearse McDermott, who was representing the unidentified teenage girl, spoke of a confidential deal with the US giant that will “pay court costs”.

The girl had sued Facebook for damages for negligence, fraudulent use of personal information and violation of data protection law. During the proceedings, her lawyers even compared the use of the naked personal photos to abuse.

The case was initiated in 2014, when the 14-year-old girl at the time had reported the repeated publication on a “shame page” of a naked photo of her. The social network had failed once, in September 2016, to get the case revoked, by claiming to have deleted the picture as soon as it was reported.

When asked, a spokesman for Facebook did not want to comment on the conclusion of this agreement, only to mention the company’s commitment to a continuous improvement of its services and to listen to its users. He added that Facebook has put in place since March 2017 several tools to fight against the practices known as “revenge porn”, which consist of putting online personal pictures or videos of former partners.

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Eid Lee

Eid is a freelance journalist from California. He covers different topics for The Talking Democrat but focuses mostly on technology and science.