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Wissam Al Mana, who split from singer Janet Jackson, says he is not linked to Bitcoin trader

Wissam Al Mana, who split from singer Janet Jackson, says he is not linked to Bitcoin trader

Wissam Al Mana, who split from singer Janet Jackson, says he is not linked to Bitcoin trader

A High Court judge has urged Facebook and a billionaire businessman to resolve their differences over his application for information on those behind "fake ads".

Wissam Al Mana, who married pop star Janet Jackson in 2012 but separated from her in 2017, wants to find the identities of those behind the ads.

Mr Al Mana, a UK-based Qatari national, is suing over adverts on Facebook, which he says are wrongly and maliciously using his name and image.

They were published on several occasions from May 2019 by people using the Facebook Ads Tool, he claims. The ads contain a fake news article using sensational headings.

They feature Mr Al Mana's name and image, but wrongly link him to a cryptocurrency auto-trading program called Bitcoin Trader, with which he has nothing to do.

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The ads were removed following complaints made by Mr Al Mana's representatives, but he is concerned about the publication of future fake ads containing his name and image.

Mr Al Mana wants to sue both Facebook Ireland Ltd, the social media's European HQ, and the parties behind the ads for defamation and malicious falsehood.

He is seeking a court order to force Facebook to disclose details of the people posting the ads, including their internet protocol (IP) addresses.

The application was briefly mentioned before Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds at the High Court yesterday.

Anna Shanley, for Mr Al Mana, said the parties had been in discussions, but there was an issue that remains outstanding.

Ms Justice Reynolds urged the sides to strive to resolve their differences and adjourned the matter for a week. She was prepared to hear an application if the parties could not agree.