Facebook injunction granted to NI woman over sex video

9 Aug 2011

A classroom assistant from Northern Ireland was granted an injunction by the High Court, prohibiting her ex-partner from showing, publishing and distributing a sex video of the couple on Facebook.

UTV reports this is the first case of its kind in Northern Ireland. It was extended to cover Facebook as well as anywhere else online, as her ex-partner was said to have threatened to post it to this social network in particular.

He allegedly claimed he recorded a 17-minute clip from his phone of the sexual encounter. It was also claimed that, after uploading it to Facebook, he would show it to her employers and her pupils by sitting outside the school and sending the footage through Bluetooth.

Her lawyers argued the video could become viral by the time administrators picked up on it. They also said the woman did not consent to being filmed.

The judge granted the temporary order after hearing the impact it could have on her job and reputation.

Facebook prohibits adult content on its social network.