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Katy Gallagher to pursue fake Facebook profiler to the ends of the earth

By johnboy - 8 May 2009 58

ACT Deputy Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is in a fighting mood.

The Canberra Times reports that she’s made some progress in the fake Facebook profile imbroglio.

Facebook have finally taken the profile offline.

In a move of some interest to us here at RiotACT she’s off to court to get a subpoena “to compel Facebook to provide the name and details of the person who created the fake profile”.

Facebook are unlikely to have more than an email address and possibly an IP address with some time stamps. Although what incentive they have to keep IP logs for every contact on their site is beyond me so the email address might be all they can offer.

How this pans out will be very interesting.

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Katy Gallagher to pursue fake Facebook profiler to the ends of the earth
colourful sydney rac 12:00 pm 08 May 09

caf said :

Those public access kiosks are paid for by credit card, right?

Some of them take cash.

johnboy 11:43 am 08 May 09

Defamation law has changed radically since 2001 Skid.

jakez 11:42 am 08 May 09

Defamation?

Actually rather devious. She has not a chance but it is not the victory but the publicity of having a naughty naughty Liberal staffer in court to fuel numerous stories that provides Katy with the joy joy feelings.

I sort of wish I had have made it now. Simply for the lulz.

Somebody should make a satirical website about this/her.

chewy14 said :

wonder what she will do when the answer comes back younglibshatekaty@hotmail.com?
She has done a fantastic job of bringing attention to this profile that nobody would have heard of or cared about otherwise.

Yeah no doubt mate. I’m a Young Liberal, I’m Facebook friends with all suspects and ACT members of relevance and whatnot, was in the same group and ‘events’ as this profile, and I didn’t know it existed until I read about it on RiotACT.

Skidbladnir 11:40 am 08 May 09

Just because it isn’t funny to her, her supporters, probably most of the Liberals now that it got sniffed out, and borders on public ridicule, doesn’t mean its not satire.

This seems to be the piece thats makes the case in legalese circles, but FIIK where to find an online copy.

Title: Freedom of speech in Australian defamation law: ridicule, satire and other challenges
Author: Magnusson, Roger S.
Source: Torts Law Journal, vol 9 no 3, October 2001, pp269-297
Conclusion: The status of freedom of speech in Australian defamation law and Australian media law is shifting and uncertain.

frontrow 11:16 am 08 May 09

Presumably some competent staffer will talk Katy out of this lunacy. If anything comes of it I hope the local judiciary slaps her around as much as poms did to Elton John:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/13/law-press-and-publishing-elton-john-libel-guardian

jimbocool 10:53 am 08 May 09

I reckon the ALP think it’s a current Lib staffer and they want revenge for Aidan Bruford.

Skidbladnir 10:27 am 08 May 09

housebound said :

Why the focus on this now? What are ALP trying to distract us from?

The budget that they consulted stakeholders on, but their consultees said “No, we don’t want to get less money.” so we got the “Spend Into Oblivion” budget?

caf 10:26 am 08 May 09

Those public access kiosks are paid for by credit card, right?

johnboy 10:24 am 08 May 09

chewy14 said :

wonder what she will do when the answer comes back younglibshatekaty@hotmail.com?
She has done a fantastic job of bringing attention to this profile that nobody would have heard of or cared about otherwise.

Well then she goes and gets a subpoena on hotmail.

They probably will be able to give an IP and timestamp.

Then she goes to the ISP used with another subpoena and they might be able to help her with an account holder. Or maybe it will be a big government department.

Quite possibly it will be within the Legislative Assembly, they might have logs of who’s accessed what and when, but I’d doubt it.

Alternatively it’ll track down to a public access kiosk in the Canberra Centre.

housebound 10:21 am 08 May 09

Why the focus on this now? What are ALP trying to distract us from?

NoAddedMSG 10:20 am 08 May 09

I have thought about fake facebook profiles etc, and concluded that the best approach to dealing with them would be to get on there and create a half a dozen extra, obviously fake, profiles (all with a similar profile pic as the first fake one). That way there is no chance of anyone mistakenly thinking the fake profile is genuine, and suddenly it doesn’t seem so hilariously orginal anymore.

chewy14 10:10 am 08 May 09

wonder what she will do when the answer comes back younglibshatekaty@hotmail.com?
She has done a fantastic job of bringing attention to this profile that nobody would have heard of or cared about otherwise.

timgee2007 10:06 am 08 May 09

Wow – I can only hope she puts this much effort into addressing the GP shortage, budget shortfall and other less pressing priorities.

Clown Killer 10:01 am 08 May 09

I would have thought that as an elected representative, the Gallagher woman would have had better things to do with her time and out tax dollers than arse about on some vindictive Facebook wankfest. What a troll.

Cameron 9:56 am 08 May 09

Witch hunt much?

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