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Political activist resolves legal action against Facebook over online death threats, court told

The High Court in Belfast

A HIGH profile political activist who received online death threats has resolved his legal action against Facebook, the High Court heard today.

Mufassil Islam sued the social media giant over the abuse he was subjected to by others posting on its platform.

The Belfast-based author and journalist also alleged censorship of his own account.

He issued proceedings against Facebook Ireland Ltd, claiming failures to remove the threatening content amounted to breaches of data protection, privacy and harassment.

But it was announced in court today that the case has concluded on confidential terms, with no admission of liability.

Mr Islam's barrister, Peter Girvan, said: "The plaintiff brought the claim in relation to death threats and abuse on Facebook, as well as censorship of his account.

"The parties have agreed a position, and the matter is now resolved."

The judge, Mr Justice McAlinden, confirmed the lawsuit will be stayed on those terms.

Outside court Mr Islam vowed to pursue separate legal cases against other social media and online organisations.

"I brought this action to stand up for my rights as a political activist and journalist," he said.

"I have suffered toxic abuse on other online platforms. I now intend to challenge them as well."

His solicitor, Owen Beattie of KRW Law, added: "We can confirm that this legal action has concluded.

"We now intend to issue further legal action against other social media and online platforms for the vile commentary that our client has been subjected to."

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