Facebook has failed in its legal bid to stop a 14-year-old girl from proceeding with a lawsuit regarding a naked image of her that was uploaded to the social network.

The teen, who hails from Northern Ireland, is taking legal action against both Facebook and the man who allegedly posted the photo to a shame page on the platform.

On Monday, a Belfast high court judge dismissed Facebook s bid to end the proceedings.

The lawsuit believed to be the first of its kind will now continue as a full trial at a later date, reports the BBC.

The incident itself dates back to 2014, when the teen s photo was said to have been posted repeatedly to a shame page on Facebook as an act of revenge.

A lawyer representing the girl, who cannot be identified due to her age, compared the act to a method of child abuse.

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