High Court awards £22,000 for victim of Facebook slur

August 2008


A fake Facebook site set up about businessman Mathew Firsht has resulted in an award of £22,000 in damages against instigator Grant Raphael, an estranged friend of Mr Firsht. Using real details about Mr Firsht Mt Raphael then put in false details about his sexual orientation and political beliefs ending with a company profile with was titled ‘Has Mathhew Firsht lied to you too?”. The High Court damages break down at £15,000 for libel against Mr Firsht, £2,000 for invasion of his privacy and £5,000 for libel against his company, Applause Store Productions.


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