A legal case alleging that Facebook is liable for photos published on its website could radically change the way social media companies deal with explicit images.

What does the case involve?

A 14-year-old girl from Belfast is taking Facebook to court, arguing the company is liable for the publication of a naked picture of her posted repeatedly as an act of revenge on a "shame page".

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, alleges misuse of private information, negligence and breach of the Data Protection Act by Facebook.

Northern Ireland's high court rejected Facebook's attempt to have the case thrown out last week and a trial will begin early next year.

Is this a common problem?

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