Facebook seeks to gag lawyer who specialises in online bullying

The CEO of Facebook in Israel has urged the Tel Aviv District Court to stop Guy Ophir, a lawyer who has acted for clients alleging bullying by the internet giant, from publishing her home address, private telephone numbers and other details.

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Mr Ophir is protesting against the absence of replies to his requests for discussion. Mr Ophir had written: ‘As a remedy for the behavior of Facebook, and as a public service, I intend to publish the particulars of how to make contact with the Facebook Israel CEO, the leading Facebook officer, within 72 hours, in order to allow Mrs. Soffer-Teeni to prepare accordingly.’


The statement of claim to the Tel Aviv court, made by Adi Soffer-Teeni, reads: ‘Insofar as the respondent, a lawyer, believes that there is a legal basis for his allegations, he can use the legal tools available to him to petition the appropriate court in order to obtain a suitable remedy for his claims. The respondent did not do so, choosing to threaten and use measures for carrying out 'private justice' of his own invention. The respondent decided to utilize an unlawful and dishonorable 'self-remedy' by directly and explicitly terrorizing the claimant.’ Source: Globes

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