Facebook warned it faces legal action from ‘revenge porn’ victims

Facebook is facing a number of lawsuits from victims of “revenge porn”, a leading libel lawyer has warned, after a teenager reached a settlement with the social networking site over naked images of her that were posted online.

The Belfast-based libel and privacy expert Paul Tweed has also told the Guardian his office was being “deluged” by inquiries from people who claim naked and compromising pictures had been posted on Facebook, Twitter and other sites.

Tweed said this was in addition to a “very significant number of cases” his Belfast office was already dealing with in relation to complaints about revenge porn being posted on social networks.

“Because Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants have their European headquarters in Dublin most of these cases will be heard in the Dublin courts. There are quite a number pending and the settlement in the case last week at Belfast high court will undoubtedly have a bearing on them.”

Facebook reached a confidential settlement with a 14-year-old girl this week who sued them after a photo of her was posted on a so-called “shame page” on the site.

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