U.K. Court: Facebook Must Identify People Who Cyberbullied Woman Over 'X Factor' Post

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The woman had written a post in support of a young singer who following his departure from the show.

LONDON - A U.K. court has ruled that Facebook must reveal the identities of cyberbullies who sent her abusive messages on the social network after she posted a comment about TV singing competition X Factor, the Guardian reported. 

The woman had received "vicious and depraved" abuse on Facebook from anonymous users after her post in support of former X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza following the young singer's departure from the show, the court said. She was also called a pedophile and drug dealer by people who set up a fake profile page on Facebook, the Guardian report said.

The woman is expected to have at least four cyberbullies prosecuted, according to the paper. 

The case is believed to be one of the first in which a person has successfully taken legal action against Facebook to reveal the names of bullies.

The Guardian said that Facebook has not yet received the court order, but is expected to comply with it when it does.

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