Last week a Federal Court in Australia ordered Twitter to reveal the identity of the person behind an anonymous hard-left troll account.
The account known as ‘PRGuy’ operates under the Twitter handle @PRGuy17.
Independent journalist Avi Yemini claimed PRGuy had defamed him when the anonymous account tweeted that he was a ‘threat to national security’ and a criminal’. Yemini asked the court to force Twitter to reveal the user’s identity so he could commence defamation proceedings against him/her.
Yemini believes the account is closely linked to the office of Victorian Governor Dan Andrews, and is being used by the state to defame and attack political opponents or dissenters.
At last week’s hearing, court orders to unmask PRGuy’s identity were made by consent, a sign Yemini claims, that the tech giant knew it had no legs to stand on in opposing his application.
Twitter must release the information within 14 days of 7 June. In an earlier case, Yemini also won the right to serve legal papers on Twitter’s head office in Dublin, even though it technically won’t be a party to the later defamation case.
PRGuy was established in 2020 to defend and justify everything Dan Andrews says and does.
The account has grown to one of the most influential voices in Australia but hides behind its fake profile to defame 'political opponents.'
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— Avi Yemini (@OzraeliAvi) June 7, 2022
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