JP McManus action against Facebook struck out

30 May 2011

Irish businessman JP McManus’ injunctions to force Facebook to remove fake user accounts set up in his name have been struck out at the High Court after it emerged the accounts had already been removed.

McManus sought permission last week to seek injunctions stopping the company from maintaining accounts that purported to be genuinely his.

He described the existence of the fake sites to be a breach of his constitutional rights, as well as a breach of the Data Protection Act.

McManus is also understood to be seeking damages for defamation, fraudulent misrepresentation and negligence.

The case will take place on Thursday.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years