Journal / The Facebook Conundrum: Challenges for the Northern Ireland Judiciary



The activities of Facebook, a social networking service founded in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and a fellow Harvard University student, have conjured up questions both interesting and challenging in Northern Ireland litigation dating from 2012. Altogether there have been 16 judgments bearing the standard neutral citation.

Facebook has over one billion users worldwide. The emergence of social networking sites is one of the distinct facets of the global phenomenon of information explosion which has continued to expand unremittingly during recent years. Facebook is the largest such site on the planet. It is an open medium available to anyone who can access it via the internet. Users can establish independent, dedicated pages for a broad range of purposes – for example, the creation of a personal profile or a so-called ‘campaign’.

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