UK Man To Go On Trial For Facebook Harassment

First case of this type in the UK

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A Birmingham man will be the first person in the UK to be put on trial for allegedly harassing his ex-girlfriend on Facebook.

Michael Hurst has entered a not guilty plea to harassing ex-girlfriend Sophie Sladden on the social networking site. He is accused of violating the Harassment Act 1997 when he contacted Sladden on Facebook on January 21.

He is scheduled to stand trial later this month. Both Hurst and Sladden no longer have a profile on the Web site. In its terms of use Facebook says members may not post content that could "intimidate or harass another".

In the sites code of conduct it states users cannot post content that," makes threats of any kind or that intimidates, harasses, or bullies anyone," or that "is derogatory, demeaning, malicious, defamatory, abusive, offensive or hateful".

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said, "We have prosecuted harassment cases before where people have sent letters, made phone calls and even text messages in recent years, but to my knowledge this is the first case where a website like Facebook has been involved."

"The man has pleaded not guilty and the trial is due to start in March."


UK Man To Go On Trial For Facebook Harassment
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    Sounds like she might really hate you.

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    Facebook has taken the myspace issues and done a pretty good job and containing their spam and harassment issues.

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