A view of an Apple iPad and iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen 10 May 2012 in Washington, DC
A view of an Apple iPad and iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen 10 May 2012 in Washington, DC

Facebook ordered by Dutch court to help revenge porn victim identify video uploader

The video was filmed in 2011 when the woman, identified as 'Chantal' and the boy in question were both minors and was removed by Facebook after it was uploaded

Louis Dore
Saturday 27 June 2015 21:20
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Facebook has been ordered to help a victim of revenge porn find out who published a video of her on the social network without permission.

The video was filmed in 2011 when the woman, identified as 'Chantal' and the boy in question were both minors and was removed by Facebook after it was uploaded.

However, the video is still available on the internet elsewhere and now Facebook has now been told by a Dutch court that it must help the 21-year-old woman find who uploaded the video, after she sued the social network.

Her ex-boyfriend admitted to making the tape but denied posting it online, and now Facebook has been told it must hand over the poster's name, email address, mobile phone number and IP address, as well as the time the video clip was posted, viewed and subsequently removed.

Chantal’s lawyer said her life had "turned into hell" after the posting of the video online.

He told De Telegraaf newspaper that his client did not believe the data had been deleted:

"Facebook records everything: including accepted ‘friend’ requests with dates and times."

Facebook said: "The offending account was ultimately deleted before we received any request for user data, so all information about it was removed from our servers in accordance with our terms and applicable law.

"We deeply empathize with the victim's experience and share her desire to keep this kind of nonconsensual imagery off of Facebook."

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