Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

Poked: Revenge Porn Victim Suing Facebook, Ex, for $123 Million

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Meryem Ali, has filed at $123 million lawsuit on July 25 in Harris County, Texas, against Facebook and her ex-boyfriend, Adeel Shah Khan, for “revenge porn, ” TheWrap reported.

According to the suit, the ex created a pornographic site using altered pictures of the plaintiff, and Facebook took months to deactivate it.

Ali, a resident of Houston, claims that Khan created an “imposter Facebook site, ” pretending to be her. He allegedly used “doctored and Photoshopped photographs that depict the true face of Plaintiff attached to false, phony, naked body shots, ” and at least one photograph showing the Plaintiff as being engaged in a sex act.

According to the suit, Ali found out about the fake page when family members and friends were invited to become its friends. At which point she began her string of repeated pleas to Facebook to remove the offensive page. The same friends and family members also sent similar requests to the communications giant, which didn’t seem to communicate back.

The suit says Facebook took months to deactivate the page.

But they wouldn’t disclose who was responsible for the attack, and Ali had to involve the Houston Police Department in the investigation, and they subpoenaed Facebook records, to identify the culprit.

The suit states that Ali is seeking “full justice for the significant trauma, extreme humiliation, extreme embarrassment, severe emotional disturbances, and severe mental and physical suffering … due to the unconscionable activities and gross failures of Defendant Adeel and Defendant Facebook.”

We can only guess which of those two defendants she’s really hitting.

Ali’s lawsuit also “seeks to expose the frailties and failures of the falsely advertised, and false promoted privacy mechanisms” of Facebook, and the significant damages those failings can cause, which—according to the suit—“Facebook’s upper management, officers, directors and key employees have long known about and essentially concealed.”

“This lawsuit is intended … to get Defendant Facebook, it’s officers, directors, management, employees and subscribers (with media attention) to stand up, take notice and pay attention to the serious privacy violations concerns involved in revenge porn situations, ” the suit states.

The suit explains that Ali reached her $123 million damages figure by calculating ten cents for each of Facebook’s 1.23 billion current subscribers.

Ali is represented by David T. Altenbern of the law firm of Altenbern & Associates, P.L.L.C.

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