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A woman has won court backing to force Facebook to reveal the identities of cyberbullies who targeted her with a string of abusive messages on the website.

Nicola Brookes was granted a high court order after receiving “vicious and depraved” abuse on Facebook after she posted a comment in support of the former The X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza.

The woman, from Brighton, was falsely branded a paedophile and drug dealer by anonymous Facebook users who set up a fake profile page on the website.

Now Brookes plans to bring a private prosecution against at least four alleged internet trolls, after the high court said Facebook should reveal their identities.

Facebook must now reveal the name, email and IP addresses of those behind the abusive messages, showing who they are and where they posted from.

It is believed to be one of the first cases where an individual has successfully taken legal action against Facebook to reveal the identities of cyberbullies.

The Guardian, "Facebook Forced Into Revealing Identities of Cyberbullies."

This is in the U.K., but still: good.

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) closes its first trading day just a shade above its opening price.

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) closes its first trading day just a shade above its opening price.

For those of you on Facebook, do yourselves a favor and check your account settings.  You’ll notice the above “email frequency” box — brand fucking new — has been turned on by default and probably without Facebook letting you know first.  Because they’re a bunch of assholes, that’s why.  Anyway, uncheck the box, under Account Settings / Notifications, if you want to save yourself a whole bunch of grief.

For those of you on Facebook, do yourselves a favor and check your account settings.  You’ll notice the above “email frequency” box — brand fucking new — has been turned on by default and probably without Facebook letting you know first.  Because they’re a bunch of assholes, that’s why.  Anyway, uncheck the box, under Account Settings / Notifications, if you want to save yourself a whole bunch of grief.