A woman from Northern Ireland has been granted an injunction against Facebook, among other social networks, in a case that has been described as the first of its kind in the country.

According to the BBC the woman’s 9-year relationship with a man had recently ended, and it seems that he had threatened to upload a sexually explicit video of the couple onto social networks, and show it to her friends, family and employer.

The video had been made using a mobile phone when the couple had met up one night following their break-up. The woman, believed to be a County Antrim classroom assistant, said she had been drunk at the time and had not consented to the video being made.

Her lawyers claimed any clips could spread uncontrollably if they were allowed to be uploaded. Barrister Peter Girvan said: “If the defendant placed this video on Facebook now it would probably take time for the administrators to pick up on it.

“Within that time frame all the material could go viral.”

Mr Justice McLaughlin granted the injunction preventing the defendant from showing, publishing or distributing the video or uploading it to any website. He further agreed to name Facebook UK Ltd as a defendant in the injunction proceedings – the first time this has happened in Northern Ireland.


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