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Facebook libel case damages won

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    A businessman whose personal details were "laid bare" in fake entries on the Facebook social networking website has won a libel case at the High Court.

    Mathew Firsht was awarded £22,000 in damages against an old school friend, Grant Raphael, who created the profile.

    The judge ruled that Mr Raphael's defence - that the entry was created by mischievous party gate-crashers at his flat - was "built on lies".

    The profiles were on Facebook for 16 days until they were taken down.

    Mr Firsht accused Mr Raphael of creating a false personal profile, and a company profile called "Has Mathew Firsht lied to you?".

    Mr Raphael said that "strangers" who attended an impromptu party at his house in Hampstead in North London sneaked off to a spare bedroom and created the profiles on his PC.

    Deputy Judge Richard Parkes QC described his claim as "utterly far-fetched".

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  2. Cryxellis

    Cryxellis New Member Webmaster

    Well that was a good news on Mr. Firsht's part. To think that there are people who want his failure- and the worst part is it was a friend.. Honestly this is the first time I learned of such case. Good thing he won, this is really rare.

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