Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, July 25, 2008

"Friends" Dispute, Facebook Style, Leads To Liability and Damages

Two friends have a fight. Not uncommon. But one of the ex-friends decides on revenge, and he carries it out by creating a fake profile on Facebook and posting "confidential details" about the other individual. It happened to businessman Mathew Firsht after he had a falling out with Grant Raphael, and Mr. Raphael created just such a profile for Mr. Firsht on Facebook. This week, a British judge found Mr. Raphael liable for 17,000 pounds in damages for libel and invasion of privacy to Mr. Firsht, and for 5000 pounds in damages to Mr. Firsht's company, Applause Store Productions, which handles work for such shows as Big Brother. Read more here.

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