Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Deal sees details of paedophile removed from Facebook

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An anti-abuse campaigner has given the High Court an undertaking to publish nothing more about a child sex offender on either Facebook or any other social media.

As part of a final settlement to the convicted paedophile's legal action, Joe McCloskey also pledged to immediately remove all references to him from online pages under his control.

The man, who served a jail sentence for a catalogue of abuse, has now been granted permanent anonymity by a judge overseeing the resolution.

Known only as ‘XY’, he issued proceedings against Mr McCloskey over the contents of a page entitled ‘Keeping our kids safe from predators'.

He went to court after discovering his photograph and a string of threatening comments online.

As a full hearing of the case was due to begin, it was confirmed yesterday that agreement was reached between the parties.

Alan Kane QC, for XY, told the court: “I am happy to say the matter has been satisfactorily resolved and has been committed to writing, subject to an application (for) the continuance of anonymity.”

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