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Transgender activist wins Supreme Court fight to force Mumsnet to reveal the identity of the "troll"


Stephanie Hayden (pictured) tweeted a picture of a court order requiring Mumsnet to name the anonymous user who allegedly defamed her

A transgender activist won a High Court ruling ordering Mumsnet to reveal the identity of a user who allegedly abused her.

Stephanie Hayden tweeted a picture of Mr. Justice William Davis's court order requiring the parents' website to name the anonymous user and provide their address, email address, and date of birth.

In the headline, she wrote: "The days of defamation, abuse and harassment of transgender people on Mumsnet behind the cloak of anonymity are over."

The from & # 39; ALittleHelp18 & # 39; The comments left behind included allegations that Ms. Hayden described as defamatory, The Times reported, so obtaining the username could allow her to take legal action.

Mumsnet now has until 4 p.m. tomorrow to fulfill the order.

The application was not contested, but its founder, Justine Roberts, said: “If we believe the details we have published could be used maliciously, we would be happy to contest the order if one of our users requests us to do so. & # 39;

Ms. Hayden has been involved in several online spats in recent years.

In 2018, she reported Father Ted creator Graham Linehan to the police for "transphobic harassment" after sharing a tweet saying she was a "dangerous troll".

The sitcom writer Linehan was verbally harassed by the West Yorkshire Police after transgender activist Miss Hayden reported him for mentioning her with her previous names and pronouns on Twitter.

And in February, a mother was arrested in front of her children and detained for seven hours after calling Ms. Hayden online.

The order from Mr. Justice William Davis also requires the parent website to provide the user's address, email address, and date of birth, if available

The order from Mr. Justice William Davis also requires the parent website to provide the user's address, email address, and date of birth, if available

Three officers arrested Kate Scottow at her home before interviewing her at a police station about a dispute with a Hayden woman on Twitter about so-called "deadnaming."

The 38-year-old from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, had her picture taken, DNA and fingerprints taken.

Ms. Scottow denied having molested or defamed Miss Hayden and said she was "genuinely and reasonably convinced" that a person "practically cannot change gender".

In addition to possible police operations, she faces a civil suit of £ 25,000 for alleged defamation, use of private information and "harassment".

She has also agreed to be the subject of an injunction that prohibits her from writing about Miss Hayden online.

In the High Court filings filed by Miss Hayden, Ms. Scottow is accused of a "targeted harassment campaign" against Miss Hayden between September and December last year, allegedly due to her "status as a transgender woman", including news from two separate Twitter accounts.

But Ms. Scottow has filed a response in which she insists: "(Ms. Scottow) believes that a mammal, especially a human, can practically not change gender, which is fundamental to their existence and in a democratic way Society deserves respect. "

Ms. Hayden has been involved in several online spats in recent years. In 2018, she reported Father Ted's creator, Graham Linehan, to the police for "transphobic harassment" after sharing a tweet saying that she was a "dangerous troll".

Mother Kate Scottow was arrested by the police after calling Ms. Hayden online

Ms. Hayden has been involved in several online spats in recent years. In 2018, she reported Father Ted creator Graham Linehan (left) to the police for "transphobic harassment". Kate Scottow (right) was arrested by the police after calling Ms. Hayden online

In a letter on the Mumsnet online forum, Ms. Scottow, who was also served with a court order prohibiting her from calling her prosecutor a man, said, "I was arrested by three officers in my home with my autistic 10-year-old." old daughter and breastfed 20 month old son present.

“I was then held in a cell with no hygiene items for seven hours (which I thought was necessary) before being interviewed and later released for examination. I was arrested for harassment and malicious communication for calling and abusing Twitter. & # 39;

Hertfordshire police confirmed the arrest and said, "We take all reports of malicious communication seriously."

The court files filed by Miss Hayden allege that when Ms. Scottow raged online about a "toxic" debate about plans to allow people to identify herself as a different sex, Twitter tweeted "defamatory" news about Miss Hayden.

Miss Hayden also campaigned against Sussex University for perceived "transgender hostility" and was among those who pressured a poster company to remove a poster in Liverpool that said the dictionary definition of "woman" was one "adult human woman".

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