Court action in South Africa to stop Facebook trolls

The Pretoria News reported that a couple has turned to the Gauteng High Court to get an interdict against two people who use fake Facebook accounts to troll them.

According to the report, the couple faced abuse for two years on the social media platform, which included abusive messages and fake Facebook accounts created in their names.

They decided to take legal action after pictures of their two young daughters in their swimming gear were posted on the fake Facebook accounts.

Pretoria News reported that the abuse started after an extra-marital affair between the husband and one of the people accused of trolling them online.

Legal action against Facebook users

Legal action against abusive Facebook users is not new. In March 2015, AfriForum opened criminal cases against people who incited violence on the social media platform.

In 2013, a woman and her husband were ordered by the High Court in Pretoria to pay the husband’s ex-wife R40,000 after defaming her on Facebook.

The ex-wife took the couple to court as she felt two posts about her on Facebook were defamatory.

Now read: You can face legal action for liking or sharing a Facebook post

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Court action in South Africa to stop Facebook trolls