Sex offender seeks damages from Facebook after winning 'pedophile monitoring page' case
A convicted child sex offender in Ireland, who won a landmark court case ordering Facebook to take down a page monitoring paedophiles, is now seeking damages from the social networking giant.
Facebook was given 72 hours to take down the page 'Keeping our kids safe from predators', which had focused on paedophiles in Northern Ireland.
The man took the case after discovering that his photograph and threatening comments were posted on the page, the BBC reports.
The judge who ordered the removal of the original page, held that the contents of the original version amounted to prima facie harassment of the man and risked infringing his human rights.
While the judge granted anonymity to the sex offender, he also stressed that the ruling does not suppress information about him or his criminal record that is already in the public domain.
According to the report, the unnamed man at the centre of the case has a total of 15 convictions for sexual offences, all of which were committed in the 1980s.
He was released after serving half his prison sentence, only to be detained for a further six months for breaching a condition of his licence, the report added.