Facebook has lost a legal bid to prevent a 14-year old girl from suing it over a naked picture. The naked picture was posted on a shame page on Facebook as an act of revenge. A high court judge in Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast on Monday rejected Facebook’s attempt to have the claim by the girl struck out, The Guardian reported. The 14-year old victim is also taking a legal action against the man who allegedly posted the picture on Facebook. A lawyer for the teenager even compared the publishing of the photo to a method of child abuse. The girl has sought damages for misuse of private information, negligence and breach of the Data Protection Act. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
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The 14-year old girl s photograph was said to have been posted on a so-called shame page on Facebook several times between November 2014 and January 2016. The girl’s legal team argued that Facebook had the power to block any re-publication by using a tracking process to identify the image to which a lawyer for Facebook said the claim for damages should be dismissed as the company always took down the picture when it was notified. Facebook’s lawyers relied on a European directive that they claimed provides protection from having to monitor a vast amount of online material for what is posted on one page. The case against Facebook and the man who it is claimed originally posted the picture will now move to full trial in Belfast at a later date.
Facebook was also recently criticized for removing the iconic photograph of a girl fleeing napalm attack in 1972, during the Vietnam War. However, the company later retracted from its decision by saying that it would allow the photo to be posted on its platform. The photo, previously posted by Norwegian author, was removed by Facebook on the grounds that it contained nudity. The move later sparked a debate about Facebook s role as an editor.