October 13, 2009
Woman Arrested After Using “Poke” Feature on Facebook
You didn’t read that wrong. A woman in Hendersonville, Tennessee was arrested on September 25th for “poking” someone on Facebook.
I guess it runs a little deeper than that, though. The woman contacted another woman from whom she was ordered (by the courts) to stay away. She was not allowed to contact this woman in any fashion, which included: “no telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner.” Well, apparently “poking” via Facebook violated the court order.
This is actually a major legal issue. Contacting this woman—aka violating a strict court order—could be considered a misdemeanor in Tennessee. The punishment for this misdemeanor, then, can be up to a $2,500 fine and 11 months (plus 29 days….so basically a year) in jail.
WOW! First of all, why did she “poke” this person anyway? It doesn’t even do anything except put a little notification on someone’s page…but it is technically a form of communication. If you’re going to violate your court order, why do it in the least personal way possible? Oh well. The woman was taken to the county jail and is set to appear in court again on October 28.
Just remember to think before you “poke” someone—it could land you in jail! (Well, almost. Just go with it.) P.S. Don’t forget to become a fan of SendMe Mobile on Facebook!!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am